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post #1 of 3 Old 06-22-2002, 02:17 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm in the process of building a new house.

We are planning on putting in moderately high end Speakercraft speakers into most of the rooms and will be wiring the house for sound.

The music will be used mainly for background music/parties, etc..

My plan is to use an Audiotron or other MP3 based system to store and play 1000+ CD's that we own.

Assuming I'm not in a home theatre situation and use the sound as describe above, what compression rate should I use when creating the MP3 files to get a good sound but not go overboard in terms of file size?

Thanks for any help?
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You certainly want at least 128 kbps, but perhaps you should push to 192 for quality that on a good system is barely distinguishable from the original cd (most people can't tell any difference between a 192 kbps mp3 and an uncompressed .wav file, but careful listeners will hear a tiny bit of narrowing of the sound field).

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I've been using 192 variable bitrate (LAME) for my rips. Sound quality is decent, and I can fit about 450-500 hours of stuff on a 40G drive.

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