I noticed with quite a few encodes is the volume levels on the final rip is so soft & quiet. my settings are: Straight from DVD Drive or DVD Rip with MTR. Handbrake: Apple Universal Audio: 320Kbps 48Khz DCR: 0.0 so its basically the default settings for Apple Universal preset just bumped the audio from 160Kbps to 320Kbps. compared to the DVD rip the handbrake rip is significantly quieter. playing the dvd throw my hdtv with the built in speakers i can have it set at 22~27 and its perfect and clear. with the handbrake rip i have to bump it upto 42~49 and its OKAY but not great. i tried the handbrake forums, but i noticed a sloooow repsonse time and usually with not much help. so maybe someone who has had alot more experience getting the best out of the settings and making it similar to the DVD or iTunes versions. Space is generally not an issue, and id like to have compatibility with Apple products (Touch, iPhone, Mac iTunes, AppleTV eventually) thanks alot! *edit* Should note, im using the latest 64bit handbrake and the goldeneye vlc 64bit intel version.