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What bitrate do you use?, MP3,AAC,Vorbis,MPC.
What bitrate do you use?
MP3
V7 or less [ 3 ] ** [0.54%]
V6 [ 7 ] ** [1.25%]
V5 [ 44 ] ** [7.86%]
V4 [ 28 ] ** [5.00%]
V3 [ 42 ] ** [7.50%]
V2 [ 137 ] ** [24.46%]
V1 [ 19 ] ** [3.39%]
V0 [ 110 ] ** [19.64%]
320 kbps [ 51 ] ** [9.11%]
I don't encode to MP3. [ 119 ] ** [21.25%]
Modern codecs: AAC, Vorbis, MPC etc...
~64 kbps or less [ 12 ] ** [2.14%]
~80-96 kbps [ 22 ] ** [3.93%]
~128 kbps [ 59 ] ** [10.54%]
~160 kbps [ 71 ] ** [12.68%]
~192 kbps [ 84 ] ** [15.00%]
~225 kbps [ 39 ] ** [6.96%]
~256 kbps [ 63 ] ** [11.25%]
~320 kbps [ 21 ] ** [3.75%]
More than 320 kbps [ 33 ] ** [5.89%]
I don't use modern codecs. [ 156 ] ** [27.86%]
Total Votes: 718
  
IgorC
post May 25 2009, 21:05
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It will be interesting and maybe usefull to see what bitrates people use mostly for different generation codecs like MP3, AAC, Vorbis etc.


I understand I post this poll in wrong subforum as I haven't rights to create poll in Poll section. Please, don't remove this interesing poll.

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post May 25 2009, 21:25
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I use FLAC mostly, but in order to get stuff playing and fitting on my iPod, I convert to MP3 V5. Used V4 but that didn't fit, and V5 I really cant hear the difference anyway.
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post May 25 2009, 22:31
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It is maybe confusing to put MPC with AAC and Vorbis, I would use about 200+ with MPC but lower with AAC or Vorbis.
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post May 26 2009, 01:21
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QUOTE (GeSomeone @ May 25 2009, 22:31) *
It is maybe confusing to put MPC with AAC and Vorbis, I would use about 200+ with MPC but lower with AAC or Vorbis.

I thought the same when I read the poll.

Anyway, my vote for lossless and Aoyumi's tuned ogg encodes @ -q 5 (~160 kbps) for portable.
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post May 26 2009, 09:45
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The first question can be answered easily but not the second one. What's the definition of a "modern" codec (in this poll if you want)? Grouping AAC, Vorbis and MPC suggests these three are modern and similar and on the other hand indirectly suggests mp3 is not modern. And what to answer to the second question when using mpc at 250+ kbps and also aac at around 128 kbps? (Just an example). Sorry but I can't participate in this poll.
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post May 26 2009, 09:57
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QUOTE (Brent @ May 25 2009, 22:25) *
I use FLAC mostly, but in order to get stuff playing and fitting on my iPod, I convert to MP3 V5. Used V4 but that didn't fit, and V5 I really cant hear the difference anyway.


Yeah, me too. I rip all my CDs to FLAC but also encode them to LAME -V 5.5 (voted 5) and neroAacEnc -q 0.25 [~80 kb/s] for my portable devices.
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post May 26 2009, 10:52
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MPC, Vorbis and AAc should be voted seperately.



I use
MPC: ~170kbps VBR
AAC: ~96kbps VBR


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post May 26 2009, 21:27
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I'm surprised this thread hasn't been hosed by users upset about MP3 not being termed a "modern" codec. It's true that MP3 lacks some of the features of Vorbis, AAC, WMA, etc. but current original music releases (except DVD Audio releases, which exist but are vanishingly rare) generally don't take advantage of those newer features anyway ... just my opinion.

Voted V0 for MP3 and 320kbps+ for WMA (back when I still ripped to that codec, I no longer do)


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post May 27 2009, 01:11
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Voted MP3 and V0. With my tin can ears I could probably get by with less but I'm a believer of always building in a little insurance. And with hard drive space so cheap and the iPod and Zune with models larger than my music collection I don't much care about storage.
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post May 27 2009, 03:58
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blink.gif "MP3" vs "modern codecs like MPC" blink.gif I thought it's "no trolling" here?

However... Vorbis @ q6, MP3 @ 192 or 256 kbps (depends) ...

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post May 27 2009, 16:48
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LAME V5.


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I only use mp3 for my portable with settings -V5 for music and -V8 -mm for speech.
I use modern lossy codecs for movies. Nero AAC -q 0.35 (~96kbps).
For my main music library on my pc i use FLAC. In the past i used MPC -q5 (~180kbps) though.
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I tend to want all my music to be the same bitrate, can't really come up with a good excuse why, just makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

With LAME I got to the point where I used -V 0, so it matched anything I bought off the Amazon MP3 Store. Recently though I purchased a Zune and a Zune pass, so I've been using 192kbps WMA, that way my ripped CDs and DRMed Zune pass content are all the same bitrate.

I can't ABX the difference with either option (-V 0 or 192K WMA), so it works for me.

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I used aac for my nokia and the setting I use is vbr -q0.5.
all song sounds transparent to my ears....
i know i don't need to use that high but I'd love to be on the save side.... rolleyes.gif

for my pmp, i used mp3, fhg vbr-160kbps average (about -v3 for lame...).

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Lame mp3 -V3 (siggy could have told you that tongue.gif )

And I do not use more modern codecs. I've never had a need to and don't record multi-channel audio.


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post May 29 2009, 04:32
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Lame V0


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I rip to AAC @ 320 VBR via Max. It yields some pretty tasty bit rates...



I know, 'waste of space', but I fully embrace the placebo effect. cool.gif

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MP3 -Vx or 320 kbps? That's all the options I get? Am I being banned from stating that I encode to MP3 @ 192 kbps CBR?

Btw, I'm planning to rip my music collection to AAC LC at a high bitrate of 256 or 320 kbps.

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QUOTE (C.R.Helmrich @ Jun 9 2009, 23:46) *
MP3 -Vx or 320 kbps? That's all the options I get? Am I being banned from stating that I encode to MP3 @ 192 kbps CBR?


Why do you use cbr??
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After a very long exhaustive search for my sweet spot, I rip everything to LAME 3.97 -V5 (default; vbr old). I like its default lowpass of 16kHz. I don't archive my CDs to lossless. If ever something bad happens to my original CDs, I'll just make do of what was left.

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My current settings are Wavpack Hybrid with the 160 kbps bitrate for most of what I encode, especially the master copies.
my longer website audio files are Ogg-Vorbis in the 60 kbps bitrate (-q -0.21) range, which works perfectly for older mono recording 60-70+ years old.
offtopic edit: almost to 200 posts!

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QUOTE (PaJaRo @ Jun 10 2009, 00:05) *
Why do you use cbr??

Why not?? Doesn't matter. The question was, which bit rates to use for MP3 or modern codecs, not: which bitrates for LAME and modern codecs, and not: which VBR modes for LAME. Lame Ain't an MP3 Encoder, right?

Yes, LAME is a great encoder, but please don't forget there are others which do not have a -Vx switch (actually I don't even know by heart which bit rate range each switch maps to), and in some cases you might want/need to use CBR.

That's all I wanted to clarify.

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QUOTE (C.R.Helmrich @ Jun 10 2009, 09:58) *
QUOTE (PaJaRo @ Jun 10 2009, 00:05) *
Why do you use cbr??

Why not?? Doesn't matter.

Yes it does matter, since if you use vbr you will get either smaller files or higher quality files.

QUOTE (C.R.Helmrich @ Jun 10 2009, 09:58) *
Yes, LAME is a great encoder, but please don't forget there are others which do not have a -Vx switch (actually I don't even know by heart which bit rate range each switch maps to), and in some cases you might want/need to use CBR.

Do you have any special reason to use a codec that does not support vbr?
What are the cases when you might want/need to use CBR?
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There are some cases where people come across hardware limitations. Older DVD/home theater devices, car CD decks, etc. may only be compatible with CBR mp3 files. These cases are rare these days and are more prominent in older hardware. So it can happen if someone is still using older hardware (it works so why change it out?) and doesn't feel like upgrading.

My lossy music library is encoded with Nero's latest AAC encoder at -q0.5. I found that the -q0.45 setting was generally transparent for my needs but I decided to go up to the next setting (in 0.05 intervals) as I listen to music in the metal genre. I have found that Ministry and Nine Inch Nails songs often produce more artifacts (or is it artefacts?) with lossy encoders. I didn't want to chance coming across an audible artifact in the future so I just went with -q0.5.
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the second poll result looks like a bell curve to me:)
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