View Full Version : [ubuntu] What variable bitrate with MP3?

May 20th, 2008, 09:03 PM
I'm using Grip to encode some CDs to MP3 format for a Creative Zen Stone. Can anyone give me a rough idea what LAME variable bitrate to use for a reasonably good sound? I'm looking for a quality of sound something similar to my old portable cassette player with Dolby B - i.e. fairly good but obviously I don't want the files to be too big.

At the moment I'm using an encoder command line of -V 4 %w %m

May 20th, 2008, 09:53 PM
Why not just take a song and do some experimenting??

V4 seems a good choice to me by the way, I guess you'll stay below 3Mb using that kind of encoding parameter...

Grip is the right choice, I feel. Just change the V4 to 3 or 5 and do a personal listening test.

I for one use V0 and V1 ( when using mp3, I'm converted to .ogg ), but I don't have to consider filesize.

You could always do some browsing round the hydrogen-audio forums. There's a lot of info there.


May 20th, 2008, 09:57 PM
Most people reckon around 192 is about right but it varies depending on your personal taste and ears.

May 21st, 2008, 07:08 PM
Thanks. I'll try recording a tune I know well at 3 4 and 5 and see if I can notice any difference in the quality.