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  • FLAC

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  • Vorbis

    Ogg Vorbis is a fully open, general-purpose compressed audio format for mid to high quality (8kHz-48.0kHz, 16+ bit, polyphonic) audio and music at fixed and variable...

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  • Matroska

    The Matroska Multimedia Container is an open standard free container format, a file format that can hold an unlimited number of video, audio, picture, or subtitle tracks...

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  • Opus Interactive Audio Codec

    Opus is a totally open, royalty-free, highly versatile audio codec. Opus is unmatched for interactive speech and music transmission over the Internet, but also intended...

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  • WavPack

    WavPack is a completely open audio compression format providing lossless, high-quality lossy, and a unique hybrid compression mode. Although the technology is loosely...

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  • Apple Lossless

    Apple Lossless (also known as ALAC) is an audio codec developed by Apple Inc. for lossless data compression of digital music. Apple Lossless data is stored within an...

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  • TAK

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  • Nero AAC Codec

    Nero AAC reference quality MPEG-4 and 3GPP audio codec - Compression ratios ranging from Ultra High (58 CDs fit on one!) to High-End Audio (2.5:1), for absolutely...

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Recomended configuration

Comment by kn
about LAME and Banshee · Jul 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I tried every possible configuration and ripped my CD collection over and over with different settings. After all this years I suddenly became aware that LAME is very easy to configure:

lame -V2 input.wav output.mp3

That's it. "-V2" produces ˜190 kbs with so much quality that its impossible to tell input from output. This is tantamount to Banshee's quality setting VBR 7.

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