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If the aim is to get rid of the CDs, or at least not have to re-rip them again in this lifetime, then the only rational response is that you should store them in a non-lossy format which has an open-source decoder, say FLAC. Storage is cheap. Encoding is fast. Then you re-encode to the lossy format that is best for you at the time you need it (say in 20 years). Besides, have already been doing these sorts of listening tests for years, and better. Third, if you're the one who will be listening to these songs, how does what anyone else think matter? Only bad things can come from listening to what others say. That is, you may learn to hear artifacts which you did not previously detect. Is your life now better or worse for it? Personally this is one domain in which I'm happy to not have 'golden ears'. I usually encode to ~80kbps vorbis for portable.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2012 on The Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment at Coding Horror
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