MP3 file quality: re-encoding?

September 29, 2010 at 05:26:20
Specs: Windows 7 Pro 64, AMD 5000+/4GB DDR2-800
Hey audiophiles. I love music as much as the next guy but honestly I'm not that savvy with MP3's beyond the different bitrates, 192, 224, 320, etc. This relates to my question. I have a discography for a band that is entirely in 192 bitrate. I was going to use dBpoweramp to re-encode the files to 320kbs. Is this a recommended practice or does the re-encoding process actually devoid the file of additional quality?

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September 29, 2010 at 05:42:47
Re-encoding will do nothing to improve the quality of the sound and may even casue a deteriation.

The only way you can record at a higher bit rate and inprove the quality is to do it on the original. The orginal will be a wave file that does not use compression. But even the quailty there will be depenadent on the bit rate used originaly.

MP3 uses what is known as lossy compression. That means that some of the information is lost during the intial recording compression. This works becasue the human ear is very good a filling in the gaps when it comes to audio. You cannot recover something that no longer exists.

This will explain the complexities of audio recording.


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September 29, 2010 at 11:41:23
Next t time record your originals at the highest rate without compresssion. MP3's is garbage for remastering.

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