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Audio CD 21 61.76%
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Old 29th April 2005, 01:14   #1
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Hi guys,

I am a pure audio listener just like all of you are but ,what according to you provide's a pure listening , better quality sound or if we may say closest to live experience .

Is it MP3 or our very own Branded Audio cd's ?
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Old 29th April 2005, 01:31   #2
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I say MP3s can hold more quality audio and an Audio CD, but in fact some MP3s might not sound as good as audio CDs as they are not created from the originals.

With Variable Bit Rates (VBR) being used now-a-days Audio CDs are no match for MP3s and other Digital audio formats... say WMA....
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Old 29th April 2005, 01:53   #3
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I would prefer an Audio CD(aif format) anyday.The sound quality in an MP3 format CD is not as good as its Audio counterpart.Its mainly because on an MP3 CD one can load more than 120 songs,as compared to the Audio CDs 15-20.In that way every song can be recorded in the best quality as it does not have to be in an compressed format.
And this is one of the main deterrants why the music companies dont launch thier song in the MP3 format.They prefer an Audio CD too.

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Old 29th April 2005, 02:18   #4
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Yes even i think Audio cd's gives us more quality . Dont know why but whenever i listen classical music on my frenz Mp3(as i dont own 1) i feel it does not come out with every single detail(very necessary if you want a quality/natural sound) , somewhat i feel some instruments seems hidden somewhere in an Mp3 .

I mean IMO a quality sound means that high's ,mid's ,low's everything should be very well balanced , thats why whenever you ll see a High end audio system , you would find min of features to play with(espically in home audio), some of them dont even provide the tone controls as they think it pollutes the signal ,
original sound. eg. Krell(home audio) .

So i would say Audio cd's for Quality and Mp3 for Quantity (i may be wrong) !

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So i would say Audio cd's for Quality and Mp3 for Quantity (i may be wrong) !

with that.

if you want true quality music i think its audio and if you just want many songs its mp3.but i feel mp3 cds may not give the true sound and as beemer said some parts of it are just hidden.

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Old 29th April 2005, 10:02   #6
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Audio CDs anyday....
Of course I listen to MP3 music since audio CDs are so damn expensive..but thats a different story. You cant really beat a audio cd for quality of the music since mp3 is a compression/encoding which can/does lose some sound quality.

beemer, listening to music live is fun but the quality or feel is very different...so the right question might be what is closest to "studio" sound levels
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audio cd's are better cuzz they play are 320 bitrate while mp3z play at 128 bitrate so naturally as far as audio quality is concerned audio cd's are better any day
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man its all simple
wanna listen to music= audio cd
wanna transfer music= mp3
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Old 29th April 2005, 10:24   #9
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for best quality there is no match with audio CD's. they are compleate. MP3's are more compatable but with reduced sound quality. they miss some high frequence sounds. they compress the songs by removing these sounds. so quality wise its audio cd. Plz correct me if iam wrong. I listen to MP3 for the reason of no need to change the disk.

Play same song in both formats n find the difference.

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Old 29th April 2005, 10:32   #10
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personally mp3 are as good as audio cds...depends on the kbps...when i convert music to mp3 from an audio cd i do it at a rate 192 kbps or 160kpbs minimum. not much of the origenal sound quality is lost....most of the mp3 cds available in the market are converted at 128 kbps, which is below cd quality...simply because its lighter and hence you can shove more tracks on to a cd.
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Audio CDS:

1. I have my entire decades old CD collection in regular audio CD format.

2. Sound quality.

3. MP3s are a pain when you want to look for a particular track (searching within 20 songs as compared to 150). I have a 6 CD MP3 changer in my Merc, but more than half the CDs are regular audio.

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most of the mp3 cds available in the market are converted at 128 kbps, which is below cd quality
I thought audio CD's were 128kbps as well?!?
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I thought audio CD's were 128kbps as well?!?
Audio CDs have bit-rate of around 1.4 Mbps..

Audio CD when listening to music - dil lagaa ke
MP3 - for general purpose listening and definetely in the car

MP3 will never be as good as audio CD because it uses a compression algorithm to reduce the file size by a factor of around 10.. A typical song on a CD is around 50 MB. MP3 of the same would be around 5 MB at 128-192 Kbps. During compression, the algorithm chops off some of the peaks and lows and also the extremes of the frequency range 20 HZ-20 KHz..

In fact, the extreme school of thought believes that CD or any digital music form will vever be as good as the the old LP & analog forms..
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For most of us with untrained ears, mp3 at 192kbps + bitrate is as good as CD quality.
Though I personally use 256kbps bitrate mp3's
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. MP3s are a pain when you want to look for a particular track (searching within 20 songs as compared to 150). I have a 6 CD MP3 changer in my Merc, but more than half the CDs are regular audio.
As for searching for songs, try using the nifty "J" hotkey on Winamp (admiteddly cn't be used in a car), but good for home usage
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In fact, the extreme school of thought believes that CD or any digital music form will vever be as good as the the old LP & analog forms..
That would make me an extremist....anyone for an encounter???
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