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Help me decide on the best bitrate:quality ratio

Poll Results: Which has the best bitrate (filesize) to quality ratio?

 
  • 0% (0)
    AAC-LC @ q0.4
  • 50% (1)
    AAC-LC @ q0.3
  • 50% (1)
    AAC-LC-SBR @ q0.3
  • 0% (0)
    AAC-LC-SBR @ q0.2
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post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
So... anime audio! I'm trying to find the perfect balance between bitrate and quality, in AAC.

My friend and I were arguing about whether there is a discernible difference between two bitrates, which is why I've come to you guys.

I'm leaning towards the lower bitrates, since that means more for video

In any case, the best place to ask about this is here!

I've uploaded a RAR with a FLAC encode, AAC-LC @ q 0.4, AAC-LC @ q 0.3, AAC-LC-SBR @ q 0.3 and AAC-LC-SBR @ q 0.2.

The source of these files is AAC-LC, ~200kbps VBR off Japanese HDTV.
I picked the ending theme song of the anime, since that's where the most bandwidth is used.

Please help me decide which one to use.
Also, please put filesize into the equation as well. Try to think whether the difference is big enough to warrant more bitrate.
If filesize wasn't important, we'd all be using lossless codecs, but this is not the case - so please try to think about that too.

Thanks
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Which bitrate does iTunes encode with? i like that one.
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post #3 of 4
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No idea, it probably uses some kind of measurement to decide, so it changes every track :x

Come on guys! Just listen to them and tell me which one you like best :/ (excluding the FLAC)
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I would go with either LC @ q0.3 or LC @ 0.4. I was listening through my MBP's headphone jack with a pair of Shure E4C, no amplification/DAC. The LC 0.3 and 0.4 sounded the closest to the FLAC, without amp/DAC the difference between the 2 was not very noticeable, so I would say to go with LC 0.3.
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