Originally posted by SiameseBlue
I know this is probably a very simple question but seeing as I don't have any idea how to search for the answer I figure I would just post and see what happens.
I'm not well versed in technology terminoloy so forgive me for the simplistic wording of my question.
When I burn CDs of my music I know that the kbps has to be a minimum of 128 and the kHz at least 44 (now this could be totally wrong - I remember once searching the internet and getting this information).
Not exactly. CDs use 44.1kHz, a lower sample rate will result in loss of high frequencies.
The claim that 128kbps bitrate produce CD quality is a myth (or a marketing lie if you want to be less friendly).
Winamp's mp3 encoder features a setting called --alt-preset standard that was developed by audiophiles to sound exactly like the original (producing bitrates around 200kbps) 99.9% of the time.
What I want to know is if I buy the Pro version of Winamp - will the songs I rip be of this quality (in other words I want to know that I can burn WAV files without any quality issues)? I would like to know this answer before I spend the money on it - thanks!
You can rip to WAV without any quality loss if you choose .WAV output and don't
check Convert to format, then you'll get files with 44.1kHz and a bitrate of 1411kbps.
Btw. if you have enough time you can rip to wav with the free version as well, only the speed will be limited to 2x.