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Does improving the bit rate in MP3's really do anything?


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I was always under the impression that if for example you had a MP3 file which has been encoded at say 128 bits and you increase it to say 320 or 256 (using Audio Alchemy for e.g) then you are in effect improving the sound quality markedly, but I read somewhere in a throwaway line in one of the PC mags that it doesn't do anything for the quality of the MP3 apart from making the file bigger?

If this is actually correct does it just apply to tracks which have already been encoded or would it make a big differance if you were converting to MP3 for the first time from an actual CD etc

Thanks in advance


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Essentially true

It would make a difference if you were doing the initial conversion to mp3
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Thanks Keith but it does beg the question what programs like Audio Alchemy are actually for then, I use Record Now Deluxe to rip my CD's and always use 320 max as the bit rate but have been using Audio Alchemy to ' Up the Ante ' on the MP3's I have already got which are currently 128.

Seems like a waste of a good program if it doesn't make any differance.


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