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Which mp3 converter match professional standards?

 Mp3 converter are a sensitive topic.

This is where the sound is made....

Or should I say, this is where no sound should be made. The problem with converter is, that you don't take notice or think about them, unless you suddenly hear some unwanted artifacts in your music or speech files.

The harder and more complicated part of converter lies on the encoding side while decoding (playing) is much simpler.

How to decode mp3 is exactly specified in the ISO standard. It only provides sample implementations (one simple and one complex) for encoding. That means that the encoding quality differs much more from codec to codec, than the decoding part.

You can test the decoding quality in a very scientific way by comparing bits. A decoder cannot sound "good" or "bad" but just decode correctly or make mistakes.

The limits for encoding regarding "good" or "bad" sound are set much wider and the door for opinions on this is wide open. It mainly depends how smart the developer implements the basic concept and how good they can handle the trade off between speed and quality.

A good encoder doesn't necessarily have to be slow, but it tends to be that way because the process is actually very complex.

  • For an unbiased and very smart test of decoders I recently detected on the web, you can go here.
  • For a short summary to pick up what's useful from that test in order to choose the right software, go here.

The result of this test is that there are decoder that are flawless (decode always to the nearest bit) and others that make mistakes from subtle to audible.

Now, what applications do you really need, regarding converting soundfiles?

MP3 Encoder
Find out which encoders do a good job and which ones to avoid.

MP3 Decoder (Player)
Every player claims to be the best sounding on the market. What's this all about?

MP3 to WAV converters
Sometimes you want to convert your mp3s to a WAV file for burning CDs or
trimming in a sound editor. What are the best applications for this? Surprise!