MP3 encoders analyzed

— 6:34 PM on October 28, 2000

Saw over on /. that Airwindows has posted up a nice writeup examining the quality of the various MP3 encoders out there. Tackling everything from high to low bitrates with all sorts of encoders, it's an interesting read, especially for those budding audiophiles out there.

Different encoders have markedly different effects, and there is no single 'right' encoder. The choice depends on the musical content, and the biases of the listener. A fault (such as Blade's severe pre-echo) tends to be balanced out by other strengths (Blade has very extended frequency response, and usually low coloration). When you have only so many bits to give to the music, it's always going to be a trade-off.
Some cool stuff in there, worth a look if only to see the sonic visualization pics.
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