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Windows 7: Better MP3 to M4A encoder

24 Aug 2013   #1
HoneycombAG

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Better MP3 to M4A encoder

I just tried to encode AAC (m4a files) with Format Factory and they sounded horrible! Last time I checked, I thought AAC sounded better than MP3s in terms of acoustical quality and feedback response. And I had been using Freemake Audio Converter to make my MP3s into M4As for quite some time, but then my Nintendo 3DS got a firmware update and suddenly any new files that get put in there won't play.

Do you know of any audio converters from MP3 to M4A that don't fail?
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25 Aug 2013   #2
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HoneycombAG View Post
I just tried to encode AAC (m4a files) with Format Factory and they sounded horrible! Last time I checked, I thought AAC sounded better than MP3s in terms of acoustical quality and feedback response. And I had been using Freemake Audio Converter to make my MP3s into M4As for quite some time, but then my Nintendo 3DS got a firmware update and suddenly any new files that get put in there won't play.

Do you know of any audio converters from MP3 to M4A that don't fail?
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You shouldn't convert MP3 to M4A. By converting from one lossy format to another lossy format, the end result can't possibly sound as good because each time you run a lossy encode algorithm, more information is removed from the files.

If you were converting from the original CD, then M4A might sound slightly better than MP3, assuming equal bitrates, a high quality set of headphones and a good playback source (and no offense, but I don't know if an audiophile would consider a 3DS a quality playback source ). That said, MP3 is nearly universal in its compatibility and isn't saddled with copyright protection, so it's usually a safer choice.
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26 Aug 2013   #3
hybridfan

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

All depends on bit rate of source file and what bit rate you want to encode at it's always a big no no to transcode from one lossy format to another.... But sometimes there isn't a high enough quality source to rip from, I use Foobar2000 to convert files it is essentially a audio player but has a lot of features.
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