View Full Version : Why lower volume on lower bit-rate mp3's?

May 18, 2006, 02:38 PM
When I compare my 32 kbps mp3's to my 128 kbps mp3's the maximum volume of the track is decreased for the lower bit rate. Why does that happen?

May 18, 2006, 03:10 PM
I didn't know they did that for lower bitrates. Then again, I don't think I have any music with a bitrate lower than 92kbps so what do I know :rolleyes: . I would imagine they lowered max volume to save your ears from the horrendous compression artifacts that would surely bombard your eardrums while listening at full volume. :D

May 18, 2006, 03:43 PM
I am inclined to believe that that is merely serendipity. If you use something like LAME and encode the same AIFF or WAV to 256kbps and to 24kbps I doubt the amplitude would differ much if at all.