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Subject: Re: High kbps/Low kbps power consumption
From: Jon Drukman (
Date: 2003-06-06

At 04:43 PM 6/5/2003, wrote:
>Boy, I wish that was true of my unit. It barfs at 55% on my
>320kpbs-encoded MP3s.
>Yes, I'm a bit of an extremist about sound quality, too - even on a JBR
>20. I'm loathe to give up any kbps. But, heh, 128 or 160 or 170 is better
>than nothing. And when I play the 320 kbps and the battery's down to half,
>I start getting long silences and 'confused' hard drive reads.

if you can consistently hear the difference between a LAME "--preset
standard" mp3 (average 170-190K) and a 320K mp3 you must have incredible ears.

i say this as an audio engineer and musician who listens to mp3's all day
long through a $500 digital soundcard into a digital mixer into
studio-quality flat frequency response monitors.

also if you're listening through the archos built in headphone output, that
is going to compromise the sound much worse than the lower bitrate mp3


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