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    Constant bit rate or Variable bit rate mp3 encoding?

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    I'm using CWENC (the free mp3 encoding software for cakewalk software) to create mp3 files for my Sonar 3 projects. CWENC gives the option of using constant bit rate encoding, average bit rate encoding, and variable bitrate encoding. The instructions explain that VBR is the the most advanced, however, some mp3 players can't play this; and that CBR may be the safest way to go to ensure the file is playable by anyone on any player.

    Which is best? I'm leaning towards going the CBR route, at a 192 kbs or higher, but was wondering if anyone would suggest going the VBR route? (The instructions date back to 2002, so I'm wondering if those considerations still hold..!)

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    i use cbr at 192 and above, same as you, when i can. i don't like the idea of my mp3's not working on some players so i never use vbr.

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    This may be old news ,but I can vouch for the Lame encoder being the best I have ever used.It is free and great, go get it!

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    My mp3 player plays vbr, the problem is it plays up to 164kbps, doh!!!
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    Great, thanks, guys. I'll stick with 192 kbs for now then. (Though I'm worried about those 164 kbs players, now!)

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    -Mike

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