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What's the best bitrate for MP3 files ?
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The best quality is MP3-VBR, which changes the bitrate depending on how much data is in the music at that particular time, but VBR is very large. I personaly use 320kbps for anything that I listen to on my main system, but for the computer only stuff, I use 192kbps. (I woudnt go lower than 192kbps though, quality drops noticably.)

Here are general rules to follow:
320 kb/s
CD quality, about 2% compression

256 kb/s

almost CD quality sound (Need a good ear to tell the difference)
20% original file size

128 kb/s
FM quality sound
10% original file size
(ends up being around 1mb space per minute of song)

64 kb/s
AM quality sound
5% original file size
not recommended for listening enjoyment
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320kbs vbr/cbr.
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If you're looking for balance between file size and quality though, I and many others have found that 192kbps is excellent.
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i will agree 192 is enough to get the job done and burns nice back to a cd i hate VBR files 320 is great if ya have enough drive space to store all your music
    
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1. VBR 192kbps (means MAX 192Kbps) or CBR 192kbps ?
2. Other format or not ?
3. I can't understand any difference between 128K and +192K ...
4. Is there any 96KHz/24Bit sound file ? (Creative Audigy 2 ZS support 192KHz lol )
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Originally Posted by P.J
1. VBR 192kbps (means MAX 192Kbps) or CBR 192kbps ?
2. Other format or not ?
3. I can't understand any difference between 128K and +192K ...
4. Is there any 96KHz/24Bit sound file ? (Creative Audigy 2 ZS support 192KHz lol )
1. CBR 192 means a constant bitrate of 192...vbr wavers between 128 and 192.
2. other format...you could use WMA...but itll sound like poo
3. well then you dont have a musical ear
4. yes there is.
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Can u explain more about 3 and 4 !
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if you want good quality go with FLAC
    
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EDIT: Trippen Out beat me to it.
If you are really concerened about getting the best quality possible, look into FLAC.
http://flac.sourceforge.net/features.html
However, FLAC is only good if your original source is something like a CD, going from MP3 to FLAC will make no difference in sound quality.

To elaborate on what PJ said, some people just plain-old can't hear a difference, which is sometimes a good thing.
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