Originally Posted by Amber O'Doul
I experimented with both Lame and Fraunhofer Encoders, at 128 to 256 kbps. Both constant and variable rate. This was about 5 years ago, so I am not sure what you consider "recent".
Rather less than 5 years ago. LAME has come a long way since then.
Of course some people were claiming that MP3 sounded great then also.
All I know is that I could clearly hear the differences.
Don't get me wrong, I will accept lower quality and it still sounds "pretty good". But we shouldn't fool ourselves that MP3 really competes with uncompressed.
Yes, we should, because it does, nowadays.
Evolution: "Those who have the greatest faith in science are the ones who know least about it."
Example: If the thermodynamic law of maximization of entropy (disorder) holds true, why do we live in a world that keeps selecting for higher levels of organization (order, intelligence) in life forms through evolution ?
Can "life" violate the laws that govern all othere thermodynamic systemms ?
Just something to ponder.
Only if you have no clue about either the Laws of Thermodynamics, or evolution.
Our part of the system gets constant injections of energy from that big fusion reactor in the sky. And thus entropy is NOT maximized
locally...it is prevented from reaching maximum. There is no conflict between life and entropy laws; such musings date from a time when the discovery of DNA was new.
If 'the world' inexorably keeps selecting for 'higher intelligence', why are there still sponges?
The 'tree of life' is not a pyramid; it's not even a tree. Human intelligence is just the end of of one of many branches.
Most of them do not end in 'higher intelligence'. Yet they represent the action of evolution just as much as our branch does.
Is it perhaps simply species bias that makes us think 'the world' selected for us in particular? Pondered more objectively, the world seems much more 'interested' in developing different kinds of insects and bacteria.