MP3 Sound Quality
I was listening to some of my CD's I had ripped and put on my Playbook and thinking man this sounds like crap! I had used the defaults with Windows Media Player. So thought I would experiment a bit and tried just the standard MP3 setting at 256Kbps. The file size is about 30% bigger but the crackly top end seems much improved. Which brings me to: The Playbook has pretty darn good Audio out. But it can only put out what you put in.
Anyone else play around with MP3 settings that cares to share any advice???
- CrackBerry Genius
01-03-2012, 12:17 PM #3
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I just finished ripping 80 CDs at 128kbps and listening to a bunch of it over the holidays. I suppose I should go back and retry at high quality settings and compare... I'm no audiophile, so I wasn't particularly concerned, but if you think it's that noticeable maybe I'll notice it too. Will report back later if I find the time.
For the record, I had no problem with any of what I've listened to so far, out of that mass of songs. I'm quite curious if I'll consider the difference worth the effort of re-ripping everything.
- 01-03-2012, 12:23 PM #5
For me, if the files are encoded properly using a good program like LAME, then they start to sound transparent at around 170-180 kbps vbr mp3.
That's when I can't tell the difference between them and lossless.
- 01-03-2012, 02:24 PM #6
Not all encoders are the same. LAME is your friend. I have ripped at 128 VBR with excellent results. as cheap as storage is now days, who cares if the files are bigger?64 GB Playbook since 4/19/11 and lovin it!
Alrighty...I managed to get LAME going in Windows via Audacity (Beta) I can set Windows Media player to auto rip wave files and then convert using audacity.....is there perhaps an easier way? Variable @ 220-260kbps (Best quality) I get 4 minutes (All along the Watchtower) to 7.0 Mb. And it sounds damn fine to me..
- 01-03-2012, 03:43 PM #8
Yes, get Audio Grabber a free shareware program that goes from CD to LAME encoded MP3s with a single mouse click. it also will use the free CD database and create the ID3 tags. Used this for all of my CDs, it's AWE and SOME!64 GB Playbook since 4/19/11 and lovin it!
01-03-2012, 03:44 PM #9
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- CrackBerry User
01-03-2012, 03:50 PM #10
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I am pretty picky, but I always look for, or rip tracks at 320kbps, sounds great, especially at higher volumes.A BlackBerry is a lot like a woman, it is far more likely to give you what you want, if you shower it with gifts. If you love your BlackBerry Playbook, buy an APP today!
- 01-03-2012, 03:53 PM #1164 GB Playbook since 4/19/11 and lovin it!
- 01-03-2012, 04:50 PM #12
I have some music CD's I ripped a while ago. I don't remember the ripper I used but it wasn't a MS product.
I put them on my Playbook and was very pleased with the sound quality and loudness. The PB has good stereo separation and I don't have to turn the volume full up. The bass isn't all that great and it doesn't compare with good speakers or headphones, but certainly is pleasing enough using the built in speakers.
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-03-2012, 05:55 PM #15
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- 01-03-2012, 06:14 PM #17
more is usually better
I always rip at 320kbs when possible. Experimenting is fun. Rip at 128 and 320 and compare. You will certainly hear a difference in some pieces of music, especially very dynamic pieces. However a slight increase in volume if applied to the 128 sample will make it quite close to the 320 sample. Storage and cloud (hurray for 50 free gigs at box.com) are affordable now and the 320 is worth the size hit. I have alot of spoken word ripped at 96kbs and that is sufficient for spoken word. For things 'found' online the rip quality can sometimes be quite poor regardless of the bit rate if the source material I also of poor quality. I have some CDs of very dubious quality as well. Loving my playbook./ device agnosticism or bust!
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-04-2012, 09:01 AM #18
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I finally got a chance to test the playbook's audio with headphones yesterday.
One MAJOR problem besides the need for an EQ.
Space isn't a concern so I always rip CDs using .WMA mathematically lossless up to 940Kbps. These huge files, typically 25meg, don't work on the playbook. They play but make weird poops and pops and squeaks.
I don't have any small (low quality).wma files so maybe it's just the .wma format??
- 01-04-2012, 12:31 PM #20
I use 256 .m4a files on my PlayBook and I had the popping problem. After wiping and reformatting my PB with no change, I stopped using BBDM and just drag/drop the folders. No more audio anomalies.
- CrackBerry Newbie
01-04-2012, 02:04 PM #21
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ive ripped a couple of cds over the christmas period and using the same headphones as i have done with previous media devices eg iphone, android phone, zune media player i can honestly say i think its great quality, the best ive heard from such devices. i love my playbook!!! (ps i dont have an iphone anymore, i have an android as i make use of the mobile hotspot feature on my htc desire )
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-04-2012, 03:49 PM #22
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I haven't tried headphones with my PB yet, but since MP3 is inferior, I always rip at 320. With run-of-the-mill headphones, the lower audio quality of the MP3 format is not as revealing, but when I am listening to a decent stereo or with decent headphones, I notice a big difference, mostly in the dynamic range and high frequencies - heck the whole frequency spectrum. I'm sure some may argue that but c'mon, you are not going to get original quality when you compress an audio file down that much.Omahahaha
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