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How to increase quality of an mp3


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I have recently downloaded some mp3's from a website and have burned them to a cd but the quality of the audio is not very good. I looked at the files I downloaded and they are at 32kbps. Is there any way that I can increase the quality of the audio?
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32 kbps is way too low for quality audio. CD quality needs to be at least 128kbps. Unfortunately there's no way you can improve what you have. Quality has to be decided at the conversion/ripping stage and that's already been done on the files you downloaded. You'll only get better quality by downloading better quality files in the first place.
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Well I guess I'll try to find a better quality version of what I downloaded. Thank you
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To give you an analogy, suppose you saved a thumbnail image and then printed it full page. It would look very pixelated and of poor quality. It just doesn't contain enough data to fill the page. The same is true of MP3's. A 32kps file doesn't contain enough data to offer a great listening experience.
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i think original cd quality is 1411 kbps, so you see that is indeed a HUGE difference. most people don't hear the difference between 128 kbps and more, so as pip22 mentioned, that should be your lower boundry
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Page 3 looks at file sizing, they rate 176 kbps as acceptable for audio

http://www.columbia....o_File_Size.pdf
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