#1 By: howtogeek, May 30th, 2013 16:03
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/163743/does-it-make-sense-to-convert-an-audio-file-to-a-higher-bitrate/
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#2 By: Iszi, May 30th, 2013 16:09
This sounds familiar. Wasn't there an HTG article on the same topic not too long ago?
#3 By: Ian Hart, May 30th, 2013 17:10
Why convert it at all? Mount the disc on a virtual drive and copy the contents to a folder, then wrap an ISO around it and the original files will play on the virtual drive. If you ever want to convert the files then you still have that option.
#4 By: Justin, May 30th, 2013 17:40
Like the article says, it all depends on what you're doing. If you think converting from 192kbps mp3 to 320kbps mp3 is going to give you a better quality, then the answer is no. Then again, you should NEVER go down in quality...that's just dumb. Search Google for the equivalent bitrate in the format you want to convert to and convert to that bitrate. General rule of thumb with audio is that you can never "upconvert" audio quality...once the damage is done, it's done.
Then again, we should all be using Apple Lossless & FLAC for everything and none of this would even be an issue because both are lossless and work more or less like a zip file for audio...
#5 By: A happy, May 31st, 2013 04:29
This reminded me of the lossy vs. lossless images article
#6 By: Alan Dyzenhaus, May 31st, 2013 10:04
So on your phone your listening to flac? You must have really good hearing!
#8 By: earcandy, November 26th, 2013 06:36
Encoding to a higher serves no purpose other than to make the file size bigger. Sometimes it's necessary for editing or when working on a project that requires a common bitrate but otherwise no.
#9 By: Bob D, November 27th, 2013 11:14
I beg to differ... and this is only from my experience and own testing... I have noticed this in 2 of my cars and cant say I thought about it in my other cars...
My car is where I listen to most of my music and mostly v Loud!!
I noticed in my first car that had a nice sound system in it (after market) and the bass was spectacular on some songs and others it 'farted' I know that other things cause 'farting' but some of these songs were not as bassy as ones that worked well... I noticed the ones I ripped from CD worked well and ones my friends ripped or I had acquired by other means were the ones that 'farted'
I have again noticed this on my current car, (standard system but blaupunk) the songs I have bought from Amazon are fine and the bass hits the notes fine, but some of my older music is 'farting' again... listening at normal volumes doesn't cause it to happen but when loud I notice it...
so far I can only put this down to bit rate as to what is different on the tracks.. (all being played from my iPod (or Mobile))
a few of my sound engineer friends tell me that notes that you cant hear (be it out of our hearing bracket) are also important as the sound we can here?!