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Old 18 May 2005, 02:01 pm   #2
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I renamed your post from "A Couple of Quick Questions" to "Best Quality Setting? / Best CD Ripper?". Please try to make your titles suitable.

There is no "best quality" to encode to because it depends on the material you encode, on your ears and what your demands are. Often entire albums will sound exactly the same as the originals with the --standard or --xtreme settings. In some cases, in some parts you may notice a difference that the --insane quality would usually fix. In rare cases where even --insane doesn't sound identical, --braindead or higher may not either, regardless of higher bitrate.
The best overall quality to encode to if you require the very best transparency without a too high bitrate is --insane.
But keep in mind that you really should try to hear for yourself and not listen blindly to anyone. Not everyone has very good hearing and some people would prefer to compromise a few fractions of the audio, that you may often not notice under normal listening conditions, to get a lower bitrate.

As for best ripper, Exact Audio Copy has the most advanced error detection/correction and includes detailed logging and things like the ability to read a track for testing and then reading it to disk and getting a CRC for each read for further assurance of accuracy. EAC is sometimes not 100% accurate either, but it's more accurate than others. We provide a short guide for configuring EAC to encode MPCs.
Links to more programs are on our site.
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