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okay so as some of you might already know, I decided to get myself a Promedia 2.1 as well as an Asus Xonar DX soundcard. I love how my music sounds soo much better now, but! alas I'm not an audiophile so my question to you guys is when I purchase songs what freq should they be in for the best listening experience, I have a lot of mp3s...should I be aiming for mp3s? I notice there are flacs, cbr? I don't know.
post #2 of 21
flac files usually have better sound quality than mp3s but they are also bigger. For your mp3s as long as they are 198+ bitrate they should be fine. Personally all my mp3s are 320kbps and I try to get flac files when I can. What speakers/headphones do you use?
    
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If size doesn't matter, personally I'd say .wav straight from the CD.
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Pretty modest setup here myself, and while FLAC is probably one of the best in terms of quality, its not the easiest to find, and takes up a big chunk of space too. A lot of my stuff is in 320kb MP3. I find it the best compromise between quality and file size
    
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V0 MP3, 256kbps MP3 or FLAC. Or no music at all.
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post #6 of 21
Good quality audio files (FLAC, WAV, or high bitrate mp3 like 320kbps mentioned above). Then it all comes down to quality of the speakers, as well as frequency response.

If you listen to music with a lot of low end, make sure your speakers can handle low frequencies adequately and with tight bass. Also make sure the mids and highs are crisp and present.
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post #7 of 21
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If size doesn't matter, personally I'd say .wav straight from the CD.
dBPowerAMP FTW, ripped my old CDs into WAV since I wanted them to be in top notch quality.
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post #8 of 21
best quality would be lossless rip which is flac from a cd. Using foobar with WASAPI output.

However the next best thing with would compressed lossless formats such as a high 198bitrate+ on .AAC files.

Then runner up would be a 320 bit MP3. Always try to go for high bitrate mp3. Because no matter what you do mp3 has loss in quality when compared to FLAC files. But for portable media mp3 and aac are the best file container.

When getting any type of song in any format you always want variable bit rate which is VBR(variable bit rate), due to CBR( constant bit rate) can lack quality in songs that are fast and aggressive.
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post #9 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deano12345 View Post
and while FLAC is probably one of the best in terms of quality, its not the easiest to find
You rip CDs to FLAC; CDs are easy to find.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lilraver018 View Post
However the next best thing with would compressed lossless formats such as a high 198bitrate+ on .AAC files.
Possibly just a typo but AAC is lossy, not lossless.
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post #10 of 21
Usually 320kbps mp3 are good enough for me, blind tests confirmed that I cannot tell the difference compared to FLAC.
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