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I have been listening to Shoutcast radio via Winamp.

There are mainly 2 different codecs.

AAC+ / MP3.

MP3 I only lsitent o 128 bitrate
AAC+ has 16 to up to like 80 on some.

There is only 248MP3 and a few 192MP3.

I have onboard sound + X-530's (coming)..

Which is the best to listen to?
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Well the >192mp3 is going to be the best. But the low bitrate AAC is definitely better than low bitrate mp3. HE-AAC can go as low as 64kbps and still sound kinda decent.
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Well the >192mp3 is going to be the best. But the low bitrate AAC is definitely better than low bitrate mp3. HE-AAC can go as low as 64kbps and still sound kinda decent.
Wait so should I listen to the like 16bit AAC+?
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What is the bitrate?
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post #5 of 17
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What is the bitrate?
16

Or like 24bit or 64? or even 80..

Don't you have shoutcast?

I would tell you what sounds better but I am on my rite-aid and it all sounds the same.. I can't wait for my X-530s!!
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wow, those are really really bad sound qualities!

I listen to FLAC music which has 1000+ bitrates usually :]
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post #7 of 17
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wow, those are really really bad sound qualities!

I listen to FLAC music which has 1000+ bitrates usually :]
Where can I get some of that?
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post #8 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by MGX1016 View Post
16

Or like 24bit or 64? or even 80..

Don't you have shoutcast?

I would tell you what sounds better but I am on my rite-aid and it all sounds the same.. I can't wait for my X-530s!!
Almost all music that you listen to is in 16bit. That is the resolution, not the bitrate. For example, a standard mp3 that someone (shame on them ) would download off of kazaa would be a 16bit 128kbps mp3 file. The bitrate is 128kb and the resolution is 16bit. Don't ask me what that means though because I have absolutely no clue how to explain it

So when I say that HE-AAC sounds good all the way down to 64kb/s (whereas mp3... you never want to hear them below 128kb/s) but the resolution is still at 16bit.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MGX1016 View Post
Where can I get some of that?
Ripped directly off of a CD.
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Almost all music that you listen to is in 16bit. That is the resolution, not the bitrate. For example, a standard mp3 that someone (shame on them ) would download off of kazaa would be a 16bit 128kbps mp3 file. The bitrate is 128kb and the resolution is 16bit. Don't ask me what that means though because I have absolutely no clue how to explain it

So when I say that HE-AAC sounds good all the way down to 64kb/s (whereas mp3... you never want to hear them below 128kb/s) but the resolution is still at 16bit.
It's shame on the RIAA. Most people that download illegally just hate the RIAA and rather pay artists money for good instead of RIAA keep them wallets fat..

BUT besides that..

Where can I get some good quality music? Itunes?
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