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    abu_has_the_power's Avatar I have cool stars
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    i just bought one of these babies: Iriver H320

    and i'm transfering my entire music collection to this thing. i have a few questions

    1. most of my music are encoded @ 320 kb/s. how much better is it compared to say 192kb/s or 128kb/s?? other than that it takes a hell of a lot of space

    2. I have bout 1 gig of classical music at 320kb/s. is that good or bad? should i just re-encode them down to 192 or soemthing?

    3. If I re-encode all my mp3's down to 192 ish, is there a software that can do that quickly? the iriver i bought is like a portable hdd. so it doesn't come with encoding software or anything like that (drag and drop in regular windows explorer)

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    It all depends on your ears really. Convert a couple of tracks to 192 VBR and see what you think. Personally I can't tell a big difference between 320 and 192, but I wouldn't go any lower than that.

    Personally I'd keep the classical stuff at a higher bitrate - it tends to use a wider frequency spectrum than pop music and suffers more from compression.

    http://www.dbpoweramp.com/ does a job job of converting between bitrates and is nice and easy to use, but there's a lot of software out there for that and you'll probably get a few other suggestions.

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    i used Advanced Mp3 converter. is db converter better?

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    Skillian's Avatar T H F C f a n BT Rep: +1
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    Well they both use Lame so that's a good thing.

    Dunno though really, I used dbPowerAmp and liked it so stuck with it, haven't really used a lot of other programs.

    dbPowerAmp does have a reputation for being fast though.

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    does the mp3 player i bought (the iriver h320) play vbr mp3's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by abu_has_the_power
    does the mp3 player i bought (the iriver h320) play vbr mp3's?
    anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by abu_has_the_power
    does the mp3 player i bought (the iriver h320) play vbr mp3's?
    Only one way to find out

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    Keep in mind that encoding from 320kb down to 192kb is not the same as
    encoding from wav to 192kb.

    I dont know how much difference there is since I dont re-encode files.

    The best judgement for what rate you like your files is your own ears.
    Do some testing on a quiet evening, encode different type of songs to different
    rates and just listen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar-Slinger
    Keep in mind that encoding from 320kb down to 192kb is not the same as
    encoding from wav to 192kb.

    I dont know how much difference there is since I dont re-encode files.

    The best judgement for what rate you like your files is your own ears.
    Do some testing on a quiet evening, encode different type of songs to different
    rates and just listen.


    done that. the only difference i notice is that the 320kb mp3's are a bit deeper and louder. but how much of a difference would that make when played through headphones??

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    I dinno man, I got a lot of stuff at 192kb here,
    but I still wouldnt re-encode or delete the 320kb files.
    If the space is really an issue, I would probably DL
    the 192kb versions of my favorites or something...

    You just have to make a decicion what is more important,
    size or quality.
    The loudness is not really a problem, if you got the
    volume-button nearby.

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