Hi Billy -
To me, MP3 doesn't really beat the socks off cassettes.  It beats the socks off *BAD* cassettes.  On my 3-head cassette deck, when I dub CDs using metal tape, it's very, very difficult to tell the difference.  The cassette format, when done properly, is truly not that bad.  Its flaws are very DIFFERENT from MP3s, but I could argue it as an even tradoff, depending on your taste and sensitivities.  (Off the subject, yes, I couldn't agree more: pre-recorded cassettes were and are a total JOKE).  Here's my opinion of the pros and cons of the cassette format versus the MP3 format:
MP3 - PROS: No flutter, no hiss, full frequency range, perfect steady pitch, insensitive to mechanical vibration, some players have no moving parts .... CONS: phase-y, loss-y sound, imprecise stereo imaging, digital-sounding, less musical.
CASSETTE: PROS: More musical, better stereo imaging, not phase-y or cheap-digital sounding .... CONS: some hiss, slight flutter, 2-sided nuisance, some pitch/speed inaccuracy, some loss of highest frequencies, prerecorded cassette sound incredibly bad in practice, players are mechanical.
It's kind of a matter of personal opinion, though I recognize basically the entire world is on the side of MP3 "PRO"s.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Billy Geiger" <scalemodeler@alltel.net>
To: <audacity-users@lists.sourceforge.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 4:47 PM
Subject: Re: [Audacity-users] re: mp3 discussion from a listener's hearpoint

<<<<<But what I've never clearly understood is whether, when you have finished editing in Audacity, you then export as .mp3 and then burn that edited and exported .mp3 to CD audio.

Because if you do, you will have lost quality in that export to MP3 process. Whether that is of any consequence to your ears is up to you to decide.>>>>>

Yes, I do, Bob....

It's the DEGREE of loss that matters....and that is determined by the preciseness of both the device and of the human ear....all I know is it beats the socks off cassettes!!!!

BG:) (JIF)

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