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MP3@192kbps or AAC@256kbps?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by curtisinoc, Jun 15, 2011.

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    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.
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    If you music is using MP2 as codec and 192Kb/s as bitrate, transcoding (converting) the music to AAC with 256Kb/s will not improve anything, as the quality is already "low" and information is already missing, which you will not regain with a better codec and a higher bitrate.
    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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    Jolly Jimmy

    Not only can you not regain any quality like simsaladimbamba said, but the quality can only get even worse when transcoding.
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    Thank you mucho !

    How about from this point on when ripping CD's?

    MP3@192 or AAC@256? Or is the difference negligible?

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    Jolly Jimmy

    Try them both out and see if you can hear a difference.
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    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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    Jolly Jimmy

    Thanks a lot for the link. I've been using CrossOver to run a Windows program until now.

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