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  • #16
    The Opus materials claim it's superior at every bitrate

    As an anecdote, a hifist friend with really expensive headphones couldn't hear the difference of Opus defaults (96kbps stereo) compared to the lossless original.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by curaga View Post
      The Opus materials claim it's superior at every bitrate

      As an anecdote, a hifist friend with really expensive headphones couldn't hear the difference of Opus defaults (96kbps stereo) compared to the lossless original.
      Note that good ears are way more important than expensive headphones ;-)

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      • #18
        Originally posted by RealNC View Post
        Past listening tests on Hydrogenaudio have concluded that some codecs perform better at low bitrates compared to other codecs, but worse at higher ones. For example HE-AAC would win over Vorbis at low rates, but not on high ones.

        When a codec wins at a low bitrate, it doesn't mean it's better than another one when you raise the bitrate. This is the basis of my assumption; if they don't test higher bitrates, it can mean that they don't consider high bitrate Opus to actually compete against Vorbis.
        I was under the impression that above 200kbps, it was almost impossible to differentiate modern lossy codecs from source, more even so comparing the quality among lossy codecs?

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        • #19
          Originally posted by erendorn View Post
          I was under the impression that above 200kbps, it was almost impossible to differentiate modern lossy codecs from source, more even so comparing the quality among lossy codecs?
          It depends on style of music. For some styles there is even difference between 320 kbit and FLAC. There is still too much filtering at 200 kbit. 320 kbit is minimal necessary bitrate for most music on decent hardware.

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