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96 AAC VBR that good? Or am I deaf?
Carsi
post Jan 18 2013, 16:35
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Hi there.

This is my 2nd topic here at HA. My first post was about a Rammstein sample where i ABX'ed 20/20 at 128 AAC VBR. That's the only sample so far that I can ABX 20/20. I recently tried 96 AAC VBR, and it sounds surprisingly good. I can't ABX it :/ Apart from that particular Rammstein sample.

My question is this, I've finally re-ripped all my cd's to ALAC. If I convert them to 96 AAC VBR, would you say it would be transparent? I'm using Creative Aurvana Live headphones, not high end. I'm trying to fit as many songs as possible on my iphone 5 32GB.



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benski
post Jan 18 2013, 20:28
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At the risk of violating TOS #8, here is my experience with ~96kbps VBR AAC LC:

If I listen critically while comparing with the original during an ABX test, I can usually tell the difference. If you put a file on the stereo and asked me if it was lossy or not (without being able to validate against the original), I probably couldn't tell.

The recent 96kbps AAC Listening Test corroborates this claim, with the average score coming in for most encoders above 4.0 (Perceptible, but not annoying)
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