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According to Noise Addicts, I can't. At this link: http://www.noiseaddicts.com/2009/03/mp3-sound-quality-test-128-320/ it will tell you. I always encode all of my CD rips and MP3 mixes as 320kbps and It always sounded high quality to me, but apparently so does 128kbps.

asked Aug 11 '11 at 20:51

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It depends on how you use it. If you're going to be playing it through massive speakers at let's say a concert, than you're definitely going to be able to tell the difference, but if you are just playing it through your headphones, built in speakers, or average 1/8" speakers, you most likely won't be able to tell the difference.

I personally use 256 kbps, because it's still high quality, and I can get away with playing it at a real event, but you can really tell the difference in that kind of environment.

answered Aug 11 '11 at 20:54

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I'm an actual DJ and I can't notice the quality neither can the people partying.. I use only 320kbps music, nothing less. If it is less, I convert it to a higher format.

(Aug 11 '11 at 20:58) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Well, that's probably because the speakers aren't the best in the world (the ones I work with aren't the best either, but they are definitely better than most well-paid DJs). I work with pretty high end equipment, and if I have the two different versions, it's pretty obvious to tell which one sounds better.

(Aug 11 '11 at 21:01) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

There is a lot more base in the higher bit rate and it's a much vibrant sound.

answered Aug 11 '11 at 22:22

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As the others said, it depends on how good your speakers are. Either way, a higher bit rate is going to sound better. I had a 128kbps song and then listened to the 320kbps one. It sounded MUCH better and I have some really cheap headphones.

answered Aug 12 '11 at 05:13

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Many times only a few channels are 320kbps, while the others are 128kbps or even less. That's why sometimes you hear a big difference and sometimes no difference at all

answered Aug 12 '11 at 06:51

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