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  • 128 is fiiiinnneeeee whatev

    Votes: 1 3.7%
  • 160 sounds good

    Votes: 2 7.4%
  • 192 gets me to where I needs to bees

    Votes: 7 25.9%
  • 256 economy at it's finest

    Votes: 3 11.1%
  • 320 was it true or just a result of chemicals? ftw

    Votes: 6 22.2%
  • flac or better anything less is poopy in teh pantzzzzs

    Votes: 6 22.2%
  • worst poll ever

    Votes: 6 22.2%
  • what is bitrate??? da #$%^?

    Votes: 4 14.8%
  • just whatev

    Votes: 4 14.8%
  • turran is a bitch.................. 4evr

    Votes: 4 14.8%

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of the audio persuasion that is.... so what is the benchmark what do you refuse to go under for happy listening?

Technology advances and so does I ....etc.......bitrate.... gosh I remember when 128 was da bomb.. :mellow: I used to consider 192 for a long time so I have a great deal of that BUT now I try to achieve a minimum of 320... I can't tell after that.

P.s. as far as variable goes just average it to the closest available.
 

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Hmm... interesting. I guess with many users being uneducated and using iBuds 128 would sound fine but we'll see :happy:

Personally I'd not consider ripping to anything but lossless as space is cheap so why risk loosing anything, but I can enjoy a downloaded preview of an album at 192+. I've not voted - will do a critical test later when the whole town is asleep to test my ears. If you want accuracy that is :laughing:

(don't worry, I'll not be annoying the neighbours - I have big headphones :tongue:)
 

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In order

1. CD
2. FLAC
3. 320 MP3
4. 128 MP3
5. Tape

I've tried Vinyl but sometimes I wonder if the superb audio quality is marred by the sound of dust.
 

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The lowest I will go is 160. I only have a few songs on my ipod that are that low. Most of my mp3s are 192+. I do notice a big difference between 160 or 192 and 256+, but I can't be bothered to download or make sure absolutely every song is at that bitrate.
 

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I can listen happily on 192. This is what I have as a minimum on my PMP. Even if I can tell the diff doesn't mean I won't appreciate the song.
I don't see the use for lossless on a portable at all, unless you have a portable amp with you cause the players do not have the muscle to do a flat frequency response, usually dropping 5-10 dB on the lower end and the eq isn't enough to compensate for that. On the go you usually have lots of other noises too doing far more damage than most compression losses at respectable bitrates.

At 128 strings usually sounds bad to me, strings are usually the firsts do succumb. 320 is almost always transparent unless I do A and B testing at home and really try do to find the compressed version. I did so some years ago. An interesting find was that I found the for me unknown .mpc format to sound best at 150-200 compared to mp3, wma and some others. Wma did great, comparatively, at low bitrates where mp3 were so-so low to high. Much could have happen since then though.

I won't except anything less than lossless for purchase.

Oh, I forgot... as a bg to a movie a lower bitrate could be used. Probably because too much simultaneous stimuli?
 

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This is my sort of question. I think INTJ and INTP would be interested since it is to do with chemistry.
 
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