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wma to mp3 conversion loss

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  1. meansizzler

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    Ok, if I convert a wma audio file to mp3 at the same bitrate/frequency, will I get a performance loss, and how worse will the quality be if any...thinking of getting a PSP but it does not support WMA, so would have to convert to mp3...is it worth it?..., I don't like listening to crappy quality music...and I like how the wma files sound now...
     
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    same bitrate, mp3 will sound a little worse than wma.
    96 wma is equiv to 128 mp3. back to back tests prove this.
     
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    Mp3 is lossy, so there will some loss in quality (whatever the original format or bitrate is). How much loss, though, is highly subjective, and depends on the bitrates chosen.
     
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    128kbps/44.1hz WMA to 128kbps/44.1hz MP3
     
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    What will you be listening on?

    in tests I did, anything below 192kbps sounds pretty flat even on my car system.. but I like live analog recordings and real instruments, which is probably a big part in the results.

    You'll almost certaionly lose something in the conversion from WMA > MP3, but the difference is small enough that whether you'll notice any difference depends more on your system, your music taste, and your ears in all reality.
     
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    Well I listen to the WMA files on my PC with my Logitech Z-5500 Speaker system and I think they sound ok, but I want to convert them to MP3 to listen to on a PSP...
     
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    Well I ripped music with EAC to WMA and WMA Lossles and I could not tell any difference at all, using an Audugy 2 ZS and Logitech Z5500...I can upload samples if you want to hear...
     
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    Don't convert lossy to lossy. You can't compare that way. Rerip the CD into MP3 directly. A conversion from a lossy format into another lossy format will always sound far worse than ripping straight into the second lossy format. I.e.

    CD -> MP3 = good
    CD -> WMA = good
    CD -> WMA -> MP3 = bad

    :) Always start with the original source.
     
  9. meansizzler

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    But I never got the music from an audio cd, it was bought from an online music store "Napster" as wma, so I can only convert it from that format...
     
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    Interesting. I believe I can hear the difference between 192Kbps mpg and lossless, but I could be imagining it. :)
     
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    this is obviously going to be quite a subjective thing, what's acceptable to one person might not be to another. why not just try it and see if you're happy?
     
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    Ahh, sorry, if it can be played by whatever you need then I'd leave it in the original format where possible. But for the PSP maybe see if there's any hacks around for playing WMA?
     

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