[78-L] Recording Quality - a relative term

Randy Watts rew1014 at yahoo.com.invalid
Thu Jul 3 11:05:12 PDT 2014

My nephew was complaining the other night that even compromised sound delivery systems are being further compromised in that, he said, the trend is away from high bit-rate (320 kbps) mp3s in favor of lower bit-rate (128 kbps) mp3s. Why? He said one reason given is that encoding songs at a lower bit-rate enables people to pack even more songs onto their storage devices. The other reason given is that most people either can't hear the difference or don't care about it.

I haven't heard enough mp3s to know if there's really a significant difference between 320 kbps and 128 kbps.


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