Why lower volume on lower bit-rate mp3's?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by princealfie, May 18, 2006.

  1. macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2006
    Salt Lake City UT
    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?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    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
  3. macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2004
    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.

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