WMA/MP3 Bit Rate Question

  Phil930 14:33 28 Dec 2005

I am going through a long process of putting all my CD's onto my PC. The idea is to have all my music on the PC as one day sound throughout the house will hopefully run of the PC. When this happens I will have the perfect jukebox!

I have been ripping CD's at 160kbps so far. However, I see most people rip at 128kbps.

What is the main difference between the two? Is it noticeable to the human ear? What are production CD's actually recorded at?

As far as storage it is not really an issue. For my documents I have a 160Gb HD. So far the music has taken up about 15Gb.

  Diodorus Siculus 14:36 28 Dec 2005

You will not notice any difference at 128; without the best of soundcards anyway, you have nothing to gain from the higher bitrate.

  Phil930 14:39 28 Dec 2005

The soundcard I use is a Audigy 2 ZS, but I am considering changing this to one of the latest Creative releases as I desire a front panel as well.

  ade.h 16:02 28 Dec 2005

More important would be your choice of speaker. I use Aego 2s, which make most PC speakers sound awful. If space isn't an issue, use the WMA Lossless format. I can't tell the difference between that and the original CD played through the PC. The standard bit rates sound unacceptable to my ears in comparison.

  ade.h 16:05 28 Dec 2005

Should add that the PC in question has an M-Audio card; the best for high fidelity music reproduction.
On another PC that has an onboard chip, the drop in quality at 128kbits per sec is not very noticeable so isn't a big issue.

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