What bitrate do you rip your CDs at?

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  • Syrette 1 Mar 2008 21:16:16 43,525 posts
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    Usually 192kbps for me unless it's a really good album or one I'd feel would benefit from going lossless.

  • Telepathic.Geometry 1 Mar 2008 21:24:25 11,334 posts
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    320kb/s variable bit-rate.

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  • Feanor 1 Mar 2008 21:25:41 14,167 posts
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    160 for me. I don't have good enough earing to notice any difference.
  • Syrette 1 Mar 2008 21:28:51 43,525 posts
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    I'd do everything in 320 but I don't really have the space to.

    A lot of stuff on here I only ripped at 128kbps, next time I upgrade my HD thats all (hundreds of CDs) getting redone.

  • lovely2cu 1 Mar 2008 21:30:59 1,194 posts
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    Whatever iTunes' default is.
  • UncleLou Moderator 1 Mar 2008 21:35:52 35,577 posts
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    256 with variable bit rate
  • Pirotic Moderator 1 Mar 2008 21:37:25 20,647 posts
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    soon cpu's will be fast enough to re-encode on the fly, hopefully then I can store everything lossless on the PC and have them converted to 192kbs when moved to a portable device.
  • Red-Moose 1 Mar 2008 22:58:18 5,346 posts
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    192kbit/s.

    I find it a good balance for the amount of HD space my POS laptop has (80GB) and sound qality and the music I listen to (electronic).

    A nice desktop with a couple of TB of storage and lossless would be great, if I could find half the CDs I had ripped from over the past 12 or 13 years :(.

    If you are a classical fan as well, then lossless is better obviously.
  • Micro_Explosion 1 Mar 2008 23:06:56 9,695 posts
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    The bitrate isn't that relevant without knowing what format you're encoding them to.

    256 kbps AAC. It's close enough to the original that I don't notice.
  • Pooley 2 Mar 2008 02:36:57 1,507 posts
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    Apple Lossless through iTunes. Because I don't want to rip them again.
  • beep 2 Mar 2008 04:28:27 449 posts
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    192 - 320kbps variable bit rate. Sounds good enough to me.

    Then again I come from a time when I used to be satisfied with my cassette walkman and having to manually turn the tape over so who am I to moan?
  • phAge 2 Mar 2008 06:25:50 24,371 posts
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  • DaM 2 Mar 2008 08:17:16 13,247 posts
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    beep wrote:
    192 - 320kbps variable bit rate. Sounds good enough to me.

    Then again I come from a time when I used to be satisfied with my cassette walkman and having to manually turn the tape over so who am I to moan?

    I was thinking this yesterday. I'm in the process of ripping my whole collection, and keep fretting that 192 whatevers isn't good enough.....but though back to the days of my Walkmen - one even had a BASS BOOST button and some sliders! Vinyl on to tape - must have been rough as a badgers arse compared to today's copying, nobody complained.

    Plus we are all getting older, so our ears are getting worse.
    When we hit 50, 3kbps will probably do to hold all the frequencies we can still hear!
  • convercide 2 Mar 2008 11:26:44 6,034 posts
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    192kbps here too. It's the right balance between quality and file size.

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  • crashVoodoo 2 Mar 2008 11:36:19 3,910 posts
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    errm ... whatever they were ripped at before being uploaded ;-)

    to be honest, i don't really keep much music. i tend to just re-download it when i want to listen and then delete. since i got myself a 500gb hd though, things might change ... might.

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  • JayeM 2 Mar 2008 11:47:44 3,386 posts
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    Lossless FLAC
  • RichGL 2 Mar 2008 12:44:45 793 posts
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    convercide wrote:
    192kbps here too. It's the right balance between quality and file size.

    same here, the quality is easily good enough for general mp3 use. If I was intending on getting rid of cd after though I'd do it at the max setting.
  • Tiger_Walts 2 Mar 2008 13:33:23 16,593 posts
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    I don't have audio equipment good enough to notice so 160kbs mp3 is fine for me.

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