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post #1 of 14
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Yeah. Re-Ripping all my CD's.

I have a crappy sound card and a crappy pair of headphones (would use speakers to test, since they are actually really good speakers, but everyone is asleep ), and one CD is 500MB -> 700MB once ripped in "Best" FLAC compression w/ ~800 bit-rate.

Just wondering if the size difference is really worth the difference. I do plan on getting a better sound card in the near future, as well as better headphones.
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I thought 320 kbps MP3 was basically perfect CD qualtiy, and it takes up alot less space I do believe. And it only takes up about 150 MB per album
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I thought 320 kbps MP3 was basically perfect CD qualtiy, and it takes up alot less space I do believe. And it only takes up about 150 MB per album
From what I've been reading, but can't test (), that FLAC and ACC are the "best" formats, even at the same bitrate.
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But alot of sound sharpness varies from person to person, some people I know can't tell the difference between 128 kbps and 320 kbps. I know a guy who has all of his music if FLAC (he doesnt have very much but it takes up hell of a lot of space). and I most certainly can't tell any difference from 320 kbps.
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Hm...true.

Wish I had a decent sound card.
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post #6 of 14
128 bit AAC sounds almost as good as a CD and takes up about the same amount of space as a 128 bit MP3 file, while sounding much better.

The downside is most MP3 players dont support it and most media players cant play it.
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post #7 of 14
FLAC takes up a lot of space. Rip MP3 at a 320 bitrate--yields great audio quality.
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post #8 of 14
Im pretty satisfied ripping my cd's in .mp3 format and 192 bitrate.
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post #9 of 14
FLAC is best, but not all mp3 players support it. Creative can use mp3 or wav for example. Thus I rip my CD's at 320 kb/s mp3
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post #10 of 14
I have Rockbox on my iPod which is HORRIBLE but at least it supports full quality FLACs which is really noticeable on high end car audio which is mainly where I use my iPod anyways so high quality is very important to me. I don't worry about size because I have a 300GB hard drive and more drives that I could add in if needed lol.
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