|Jun 15, 2011, 07:26 AM||#1|
MP3@192kbps or AAC@256kbps?
I have a large collection of iTunes music, mostly from ripped CD's (almost 20,000 songs). My music files are: "MPEG audio file / MPEG-1 layer 3" @ 192kbps (I'm guessing that's same as MP3 ?).
I've searched around a bit and see that most audiophiles generally agree that AAC is "better" than MP3.
Question: Will an average listener (like me) notice a difference between MP3@192kbps vs AAC@256kbps?
In iTunes, I see that I can "convert" my music library pretty easily from MP3@192kbps to AAC@256kbps, and was wondering if it would be worth my time to convert 20,000 files.
Thanks for your input.
|Jun 15, 2011, 07:46 AM||#3|
If you have the original uncompressed audio, that would be different, but 192Kb/s will be fine for a normal user.
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|Jun 15, 2011, 01:23 PM||#7|
The best thing you can do is to perform an ABX test
Let you ears decide. What quality is best for you depends on the quality of your headphones/speakers and average background noise you experience while listening to your music.
Although, there is some sort of consensus, you should take a look at a website called hyrdogenaudio. Is generally agreed that the current AAC is more efficient than MP3s and with apple's AAC you can achieve transparency at around 192 kbps.
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