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Subject: Re: AW: Question about CD-Quality and MP3

Re: AW: Question about CD-Quality and MP3

From: Jochen Schulz <>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 15:50:36 +0100

Frej Bjon:
> Secondly, if you encode with low settings now, but then buy good
> speakers/headphones later on, you'll be banging your head in the wall
> because now you have to re-encode everything again (because all the errors
> and artefacts are plainly obvious). So don't encode at what sounds good
> now, encode at what will always sound good, and remember that storage
> costs are always going down.

ACK. I recently re-ripped almost every CD I own and encoded to FLAC
(lossless format, supports tagging) with abcde. I plan to keep those
files around for some time and encode them to lossy formats whenever I
need. My computers certainly don't belong to the fastest computers
available, but it is still fast enough to encode one or two CDs when I
need them.

The stuff I put on my Iriver H120 is mostly Ogg Vorbis, with quality
setting varying from 5 to 8. oggenc even maintains the comments in the
FLAC files.

BTW, I wrote a small Python script (Hi, Firefly!) which I used to
convert a directory tree with FLAC files to another directory in another
format -- preserving the tree structure. It should also support MP3
(using lame, but I didn't test it) and it shouldn't be complicated to
extend it to use other encoders. I didn't do anything to preserve
ID3-Tags/Vorbiscomments, though, since oggenc already did this in my

The script is attached (if I don't forget to do it during the next two
minutes!). I didn't try to run in on Windows, but I think you only have
to make sure the encoders are found (via %PATH% or absolute paths).

I am worried that my dreams pale in comparison beside TV docu-soaps.
[Agree]   [Disagree]

Received on 2006-02-02

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