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Jeff, I'm listening on nice studio monitors (the ones I mixed my last album on) and was really excited about this test until I heard the sampled material. ALL of the files sound compressed, hissy and noisy to me. I then checked my original CD of this song and it sounds the same. The song is just . . . old. Recording technology has become so dramatically better, clearer, and more complex since then. Complexity within the original file really seems to matter in compression, at least according to my experience. Today's commercial volume wars have pushed the limits of "real estate" within the sonic spectrum - there's a lot less "space" available in a modern rock recording as opposed to something like the Starship recording you chose for the test. I highly recommend using a song recorded in the last 10 years with modern technology and re-issuing the test for more valid results.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2012 on The Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment at Coding Horror
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