Originally posted by Agent007
do lame --preset insane;
Actually, it's LAME --alt
-preset insane, which is the same as "--alt-preset CBR 320".
However, any catastrophic transparency failures using --alt-preset standard have only rarely shown an improvement with --alt-preset insane, while using about 50% more disk space per track.
Therefore, there is really no such thing as "encoding headroom" to justify using bitrates higher than the transparency threshold (which --alt-preset standard provides), but --alt-preset insane can provide the "warm fuzzies" that come with using the guaranteed highest quality setting for MP3 encoding.
Then again, for the ultimate "warm fuzzies", there's always FLAC.
: LAME is free for MP3 encoding, as is Exact Audio Copy and CDex for CD ripping. (Ogg Vorbis and FLAC reference encoders are free as well.)
Also, CDex is not an MP3 encoder. It's an extraction tool that can call an MP3 encoder while ripping. The fact that is can do this seamlessly makes it "act" like an encoder, but it's not the one doing the encoding to MP3. The CDex engine only rips from CDA to WAV, then calls an encoder to go from WAV to any other format.