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Why mp3s suck

mobi

Village Elder
#1
Why mp3s suck.

I hate mp3, and this post will tell you why.

DO NOT read this post if you have a large collection of mp3s, enjoy listening to them and can’t hear any problems with them, because it’ll ruin them for you !

There’s been plenty written on how mp3 works, and why lossy compression sounds worse than uncompressed audio in general. My aim here is to demonstrate how mp3 sounds bad, for all the people who keep telling me there’s no difference.

I’m going to give you clear guidelines and examples on what to listen for and the negative effects of mp3, but there’s no going back – once you can hear the problems, you’ll never stop hearing them.

This isn’t limited to audiophiles, or “golden ears”, by the way – in my opinion anyone can hear this stuff, with a few pointers.

So seriously, unless you’re prepared to start using Ogg Vorbis, FLAC or AAC – stop reading now !

Still here ? Good.

First, I need to make this clear – I have nothing against lossy audio or data compression in itself – I do most of my casual listening on an iPod, using 128kbps AAC files – they sound fine. Not as good as the original CDs, obviously, but OK. And yes, I’m well aware that AAC is just a more advanced version of mp3. But the fact is that mp3 has fundamental limitations – even at higher bitrates.

Next – I’m also a pragmatist. mp3 is a temporary phenomenon, just like AM radio, cassettes and CDs. In the long run, none of those have killed music, and neither will mp3, or lossy compression in general. So, why the rant ?

Because people keep saying mp3 sounds great, or “indistinguishable from CD” and it’s just not true.

mp3 isn’t good enough

It doesn’t matter what encoder you use, it doesn’t matter what settings you use or what pre-processing you apply – mp3 just doesn’t cut it. AAC and later, more sophisticated encoders use more advanced encoding methods, and sound better to varying degrees, but mp3 just FAILs.

How does it fail ? That depends a little on the encoder being used, but some of my own pet hates include:

· mp3 sizzle – the artificial, unnatural swirling metallic noises that sound like someone’s added chime bars to everything, or there’s a mosquito buzzing in your ear. Some people actually say we prefer these noises in mp3s – but the research says bullshizzle !

· Added distortion – Yet another side effect of the so-called Loudness Wars. mp3 encoders rarely include any headroom for the encoding process itself, so the added processing pushes the music even further over the limits, generating inter-sample peaks and adding even more distortion in the process

· Flat, two-dimensional sound mp3 works by throwing away musical information that we supposedly can’t hear – up to 90% of the original information, at 128kbps. That means all the subtle, delicate stuff, like ambience, space and realism. So a lush, three-dimension original is reduced to a flat, cardboard replica of itself

· Mushiness All but the very best mp3 encodes just sound fuzzy, muddled and – well, mushy !


Source: IAN SHEPHERD
 
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Deorro

Guest
#5
shida ni kuwa only private trackers have vast collections which are well organised na joining them requires invites plus interviews, not forgetting the seeding laws... fuckkkkkkkkk
 
#8
Problem ya .wav files ni expensive storage space. You will need to purchase not less than 1 terabyte of hard disk.

What I wonder is that since videos dont have audio in .wav format, but .mp2, shall we say that their audio is of poor quality?
 
#14
We grew up listening to crackly vinyl, home-dubbed cassette tapes and poorly mastered CDs. Nobody died.

Having said that, I have the habit of downloading FLAC, 24/96, HDAC or whatever fancy audiiphile format from R%&£#@ker.org using Tixati (never uTorrent!), which I immediately convert into constant 320 Bps Mp3 on Foobar2000.

That works for me.
 
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Deorro

Guest
#15
We grew up listening to crackly vinyl, home-dubbed cassette tapes and poorly mastered CDs. Nobody died.

Having said that, I have the habit of downloading FLAC, 24/96, HDAC or whatever fancy audiiphile format from R%&£#@ker.org using Tixati (never uTorrent!), which I immediately convert into constant 320 Bps Mp3 on Foobar2000.

That works for me.
Why not get a reliable 320kbps uploader with good quality instead of converting?
 
#19
Well, it's not as bad as you described it, but indeed FLAC or AAC are better versions of MP3. I don't mind any of the three to be honest, and if you're not a huge music lover, you won't notice a difference. I love music, and yes, quality counts, but it's not always possible to get the song in a certain format. In this case, I listen to it no matter what, and I enjoy it as much. Sometimes it's hard to find a specific song, and in this case, mp3 juice is my savior. If I can't find the FLAC version, ok, if not, I enjoy the MP3 version, and that's it.
 

Mangele

Village Elder
#20
I have a vast converted video to audio files on my laptop that I enjoy listening to and have not been too bothered by quality.

These are all bird songs to my ears. Could care less.
 

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