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David & Renee MacDonald
2005-01-15, 18:48
This has been discussed once before but I need some clarifation. I
understand that the wireless version of Squeezebox will take MP3s and
recompress them to 320 kps. Does that mean that my 192 VBR recordings are
thereby degraded further in quality by a recompression to 320 kps.? Does the
wired Squeezebox work differently, and is there a way arround this? I
realize that a lot of users use different formats than MP3s but almost my
entire collection is in MP3 format.

Thanks,

David



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kdf
2005-01-15, 18:56
Quoting David & Renee MacDonald <davidmacdonald (AT) sympatico (DOT) ca>:

> This has been discussed once before but I need some clarifation. I
> understand that the wireless version of Squeezebox will take MP3s and
> recompress them to 320 kps. Does that mean that my 192 VBR recordings are
> thereby degraded further in quality by a recompression to 320 kps.? Does the
> wired Squeezebox work differently, and is there a way arround this? I
> realize that a lot of users use different formats than MP3s but almost my
> entire collection is in MP3 format.

no. it is a LIMIT, not a fixed rate. mp3's of lower rates are left as is. the
wired and wireless work exactly the same way. both can be set to 'no limit',
tho the default for wired is no limit and the default for wireless is 320.
again, this would have ZERO effect on any of your 192kbps mp3 files, as they
are BELOW the limiting.

only non-native formats, like ogg or wma woul have to be converted, regardless
of initial bitrate. in order to save cpu effort, they are re-encoded at the
limit rate for playback. MP3 format is native to the squeezebox, so it can be
sent directly for the lowest cpu usage.

-kdf

jacobdp
2005-01-15, 18:57
On Sat, 15 Jan 2005 20:48:45 -0500, David & Renee MacDonald
<davidmacdonald (AT) sympatico (DOT) ca> wrote:
> This has been discussed once before but I need some clarifation. I
> understand that the wireless version of Squeezebox will take MP3s and
> recompress them to 320 kps. Does that mean that my 192 VBR recordings are
> thereby degraded further in quality by a recompression to 320 kps.? Does the
> wired Squeezebox work differently, and is there a way arround this? I
> realize that a lot of users use different formats than MP3s but almost my
> entire collection is in MP3 format.

By default, any file that's over 320 kbps will be recompressed. I
don't think 192 VBR would trigger the re-encoding. In any case, you
can disable the recompression in the Player Settings; it's only
enabled by default to help prevent bandwidth problems.

- Jacob