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can you actually discern 320 kbps mp3 and lossless?

#1SchwubPosted 12/28/2013 8:42:51 PM
can you tell the difference? - Results (215 votes)
yes
45.58% (98 votes)
98
no
54.42% (117 votes)
117
This poll is now closed.
I think I may be just a phony audiophile. I have flac, wav files, and I have 320 kbps. I even have an amp and Sennheiser HD580, AKG Q701 and Shure SE530
My confession, I honestly cannot tell the difference if I blindly play the same song between its 320 kbps mp3 version or flac counterpart.

I shudder to find out if I can even discern 256 kbps or vbr mp3s...
#2Rolen47Posted 12/28/2013 8:46:09 PM
I don't have good enough headphones to give a legit answer.
#3Orestes417Posted 12/28/2013 8:46:46 PM
Depends entirely on the source and your familiarity with it.
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#4Tony_Biggie_PunPosted 12/28/2013 8:49:12 PM
I cant even tell the difference betwen 128kbps and 320kbps in a blind test
#5urtvPosted 12/28/2013 8:52:36 PM
also need a better dac and music player
#6daemon_danPosted 12/28/2013 8:52:48 PM
I most certainly can. Not everyone's ears work the same way.
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#7Schwub(Topic Creator)Posted 12/28/2013 8:53:49 PM
Tony_Biggie_Pun posted...
I cant even tell the difference betwen 128kbps and 320kbps in a blind test


OK now that I can assure you it is not your ears that are the problem. For example if it is laptop speakers, they make anything sound like trash. I guarantee if you are using what I am using, that quality difference is DEFINITELY noticeable!
#8AceallwaysPosted 12/28/2013 8:53:55 PM
While I am sure some people can tell the difference, I doubt even half of those who answer "yes" belong to that group.
#9KaushadPosted 12/28/2013 9:03:33 PM
It isn't all that much about the source material, rather what you listen to it through(cans, dac/amp, etc). I can still tell easily though.
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#10Bazooka_PenguinPosted 12/28/2013 9:03:46 PM
Personally no. Pretty sure most people can't on a blind test either. Either way, in most cases I doubt that the difference between 320kbps and lossless will actually affect a person's ability to enjoy the music.
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