Originally Posted by dpslusser
No, that wasn't the problem in this forum. THe problem in this forum was bad quality music ripped into the Ipod. Im the one that had the problem (Im the OP). I have a full set of components with excellent highs, and the vocals of the low bit rate music sucked! They were crackle n' and stuff. I bumped the bit rate from 200kbps up to 1140kbps and now it sounds EXCELLENT. Theres really nothing better (as in mp3 wise). It all depends on the quality the sound is ripped at. I wouldn't worry about it. Just keep with what you have.
There's no reason a 200kbps lossy compressed file has to sound as bad as you report. In fact if you do it right -- e.g. LAME encoder -- 192 kbps VBR would probably be indistinguishable from .wav to you. "1140 kbps ' is a .wav file.
You could get an EXACT playback reproduction of that, by using ALAC -- Apple's Lossless codec -- at maybe half the file size.
Something is clearly wrong
with your ripping/lossy encoding/playback signal chain.