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Weird Windows Media Player ripping behaviour?

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I've been doing some spectro-analysis of my music collection; albeit very rarely, some ripped physical albums (320kbps CBR setting) have some cutoffs like 16.5KHz or 18KHz (esp. old and live ones) when ripped with WMP. Why? WMP normally renders most other albums 20.5+- KHz (as it should). Further bizarrely, I'm having issues really noticing a sound quality difference, I ripped the same test tracks as WAV (lossless) and with Sennheiser HD 650s I believe I'm mostly getting a placebo effect, if anything.
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Sometimes mastering is cut off above 14 KHz or so, and plenty of lossy codecs cut off information above that region to save space (so the 320 KB/s is made up of relevant information, rather than frequencies that are barely if at all audible in volume). I think it's mostly placebo, the volume of those high frequencies would essentially make them inaudible over the other sounds in the recordings. I suspect frequencies that high, if at clearly audible volume, would probably have a negative affect on the recording and make it harsher on the ears anyway.
 
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