cool. the folks over at slashdot are discussing an interesting visual analysis of mp3 encoders:

Chris Johnson writes: “I’ve just finished an interesting scientific analysis of several mp3 encoders and have my findings up on the Web. The process involves differencing a ‘sonogram’ image from an encoded test signal with the image of the original signal, and then producing response curves showing the disparity in direct signal volume, and over time. Umm . . . which is just to say this is probably the most rigorous analysis of any encoders anywhere on the web, and very geeky (in a good way). LAME carries the day, but BladeEnc shows that it has a completely distinctive sonic approach- and Fraunhofer proves unacceptable (in the version I tested) for audiophile use, though it’s unbeatable at very low bit rates.”

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