MP3 Showdown HQ
The following examples were ripped from the original CDs with Steinberg WaveLab 5.0 *. After shortening them with the same software directly after import they then have been saved in their original properties (44kHz/16bit) as "WAV" files. Those WAV files then have been converted to 320Kbps, 192kbps and 128kbps MP3 files with the LAME encoder (V3.98.2 - click here for tricks in Windows) using the highest conversion quality settings. (Note: this setting is independent from the Bitrate setting! Click here for the same comparison with standart medium quality setting). Then the MP3 files have been opened and then saved as wav file using Steinberg WaveLab 5.0. This should be what every MP3 Player does during playback. The resulting WAV files are here as examples and are labeled "A" "B" "C" "D" randomly.
There are several different musical pieces to listen to. All "A"s are the same conversion, All "B"s are the same conversion and so on.
(5 Bach/ Brandenburg Concerto #2 In F, BWV 1047 - 1. [Allegro])
(Domestic - Big Time) *(downloaded as WAV from beatport - 8.9.09)