Mar 11, 2014

How much difference does bitrate make in audio quality?

Is there a standard bitrate to use for CD quality sound? Is there any reason to go beyond 128kbps for the average listener, or is that audiophile only territory?


It makes a difference; the lower the bitrate, the less amount of data transmitted each second and the lower the quality. There are other variables beyond bitrate, though - lossy vs. non-lossy formats, variable bitrate, coding efficiency, etc. I’m not sure that I would say it only makes a difference to audiophiles, but if you are using inexpensive earbuds with your smartphone, you might not be able to appreciate it. On higher quality equipment, you probably will. Here is an article that goes into greater detail.

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