Which one of these recording options will produce the best sound quality:
LPCM 44.1 kHz/16bit: stereo
MP3 44.1 kHz/192kbps: stereo
MP3 44.1 kHz/256kbps: stereo
Obviously, 256 is better than 192. But I don't really know much about LPCM. I know it's supposed to be uncompressed and lossless. But I'm not sure that the above LPCM option is better than the other two.
While we're on the subject, does anyone know how I might determine whether MP3 players under $100 typically record in stereo or mono (through the built-in mic)? I'm looking at a few models and the instructions and spec sheet don't say anything about stereo or mono.
Oh, and is there a way to determine if a recorder blocks out ambient sound? I don't want one that has that feature, unless I can turn it off.