Why does music in MP3 sound so much worse than it does on CD's?
I tested it on many albums, and pretty everything that sounds great on CD sounds depressing on MP3.
Of course, a lot of music already is garbage no matter which medium, but on MP3 even the good one sounds bad. Is there a reason why?
- Robert JLv 71 month ago
How good an MP3 sounds depends on the "bit rate" setting used to create it.
And also using a good encoder; some are abysmal.
The lower the bit rate setting, the more audio detail is discarded.
Using LAME, a 320Kbit per second constant rate MP3 is pretty close to CD quality - but a lot of stuff defaults to 128K or something else less than 320 & that means noticeably poor quality.
Bad encoders can also cause a noticeable quality problems.
- spacemissingLv 71 month ago
MP3 is a "lossy" codec.
When an original recording is converted to MP3,
a certain percentage of fine detail is lost.
CDs using the normal "Red Book" format store the entire original signal.
I don't use MP3 for music if I can get better quality.
Even my USB sticks have copies of various tracks in a lossless format.
so I get full CD quality from them.
- thejuice420Lv 41 month ago
When an original recording is compressed into an MP3 file, a lot of information is lost which is why CD's sound better