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#1 Ryan 3000

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:51 PM

I'm trying to get as much music as possible onto my MP3 player.
That said, I have a question out of curiosity. I don't mind encoding media in mono-channel, but I am wondering if bitrate can be cut in half?
Basically the question is: does mono @ 64kbps = same quality as stereo @ 128kbps?
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 08:26 PM

No.
Personally, I think encoding music to 64 bps, much less mono, is a waste of time.
In doing so, you will miss out on a lot of the intricate bits of the music.
64 bps mono is fine for speech, or non-music radio, as there is a small range of tones in speech, but not for music.
You just loose too much of the sound quality.
Music has multi levels of sound, and tones, that need to have a wider range to capture all the detail.

It's like listening to the same song on an AM station, compared to an FM station.
AM sounds like they're singing in a bucket. :thumbsup:

What are you using to encode your music?
Have you tried encoding the same song at 64 bps mono, and 128 bps stereo, then listening to the difference?
If not, try it.
If you have a half decent system, you should notice definite difference between the two, in sound quality.

I suggest, at a minimum, 128 bps stereo.
That's roughly equivelant to CD quality.

But, all of this is irrelevant.
It depends on what you consider acceptable. :flowers:
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