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    Am I the only one, or does anyone else absolutely hate VBR MP3s?

    I usually like to have everything 320kbps CBR, but sometimes VBR tracks slip through, and they ALWAYS sound shite in comparison

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    Cool story bro.
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    Then your source is shitty. Most audiophiles can't hear the difference between a FLAC and a v0.
    On a decent PA you just might hear a slight difference, but when the room is packed with people, nobody will hear it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audeo View Post
    Then your source is shitty. Most audiophiles can't hear the difference between a FLAC and a v0.
    On a decent PA you just might hear a slight difference, but when the room is packed with people, nobody will hear it.
    Oh it probably wouldn't matter for club use; can barely hear the lyrics in half the tracks you hear played in the city... it's painfully noticable at home though. Midtones tend to sound muddy and the highs seem to be truncated at certain points, but it's very random.

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    Have you done a double blind comparison? I only hear vbr as sounding worse if i can see that its vbr our ears can play funny tricks on us sometimes.

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    i actually found vbr to be a bit more acceptable than some 192kbps mp3's

    i used to buy LEGIT mp3's off dance-tunes.com (owned by id&t records i think) back then and all of the mp3's were 192 kbps, that was like 5 years ago, looking back now and seeing i paid a lot of money for those 192 kbps mp3s just breaks my heart
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    *Cue a 4 page thread about audio quality*
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    Never use less then 320kbs when playing out imo. GIGO. In a club your audio is going through multiple mixers, compressors, crossovers, amplifiers, wires and then speakers. Each chain imparts it's own sounds/problems that affect SQ. The better the sound quality out of your rig, the better it sounds to your crowd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nubz69 View Post
    Never use less then 320kbs
    Correct, but there is no audible difference between 320CBR and v0 VBR. v0 just uses less space. It's like comparing FLAC to Wav.
    The only gripe is that CDJ1000mk3's don't play nice with VBR
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    A well encoded VBR file will be indistinguishable from the source material. Are you reencoding Youtube rips to 128k VBR or something?
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