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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

A WAV file has the potential to hold "more" or "better" data than an mp3. WAVs employ no compression, no loss; they are as close to an exact replica as it is possible to get. An mp3 employs lossy ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

No. When you convert a file from .mp3 to .wav, no new information is added: there is no way to regenerate the information that was lost when you created the mp3. All the extra data in the .wav file is ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

MP3 is the 'colloquial' name for "MPEG 1 Layer 3" audio encoding. The purpose of mp3 encoding is to reduce the overall size of an audio data stream whilst maintaining an acceptable level of listening ...
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Can a MP3 file contain video frames?

Mp3 is audio only. The file extension can be virtually anything; if it's recognized as an extension known by Windows the associated program will be used to open it. The program will usually then read ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

In order to make sound, your computer must drive the speaker with a time-varying voltage. In order to create the time-varying voltage, the computer must send a sequence of numbers to a Digital-to-...
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Why do MP3 files have a sample rate? (When they are just composed of sine waves)

Digital sound files are not made up of sine waves - You may be thinking of FM or West Coast synthesis where sine waves are used to modulate other sine waves to generate more complex waveforms. You ...
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alternative to mp3

During the editing & collaboration phase, it's good to avoid lossy formats if you can. You might want to try FLAC, a lossless format that compresses audio files to about half the size of WAV. ...
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What makes low quality speakers become distorted when at high volume?

There are a number of factors involved here but mainly frequency response, transient response, signal to noise ratio (S/N) and total harmonic distortion (THD). Frequency response is largely dependent ...
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What sample rates can an MP3 file have?

If this wikipedia page is to be believed, what you call mp3 and is actually a MPEG-1 audio layer 3 encoded audio file only supports three sample rates : 32 kHz 44.1 kHz 48 kHz EDIT As @PkP has ...
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How can I convert large audio file .aiff to mp3?

you could definitely use ffmpeg for this kind of job. $ ffmpeg -i path/to/your_input.aiff path/to/the_converted_file.mp3 ffmpeg is a huge framework dedicated to multimedia encoding. Once installed ...
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Opus vs MP3 (Size & Quality Comparison)

Assuming your ripping from lossless source to Opus/MP3, Opus is definitely superior sound quality as this is shown in listening tests from Hydrogenaudio website. as a general rule... Opus/AAC(standard ...
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mp3 spectral analysis blue above 16 khz

Everybody seems to have this obsession with looking at pictures of sound. You can't tell what something sounds like by looking at a picture of it, the same as looking at a picture of food doesn't tell ...
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How to interpret this PCM data?

Your data have relation neither to bitrate, nor to frequencies. The name samples[] suggests that they are samples, i.e. amplitude values in particular time points:                   These time points ...
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How to add meta info to mp3/wav file MAC OSX?

I've read lots of blogs where people give advice on adding metadata to WAV files. Most of it doesn't work. iTunes is useless for adding metadata to WAV or AIFF files, because it only sticks to the ...
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How to convert a stereo MP3 to mono MP3

On Linux systems like Ubuntu, you can use ffmpeg: ffmpeg -i input.mp3 -c:a libmp3lame -q:a 2 -ac 1 output.mp3 where: -c:a libmp3lame: The audio codec to use -q:a 2: The audio quality (bitrate), see ...
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MP3 Psychoacoustic Cut-off Frequencies for Low-Bitrate Presets

Here is a tentative answer based on the 192kHz 24-bit Japanese female speech sample: First I generate the test files from the sample file, sample02.wav: for br in 8 16 24 32 40 48 56 64 80; do ...
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MP3 and bitrate

Your assumption that bitrate = bitdepth * channels * samplerate is true for raw PCM encoded audio. It is not true for bitrate reduction encodings, be it lossless (as flac) or lossy (as mp3). The ...
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alternative to mp3

While lossless compression like FLAC would solve your storage space issue, it is a heavy load on your CPU, so you may run into problems if your machine is at at all old. The usual recommended ...
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What makes low quality speakers become distorted when at high volume?

Schizomorph makes a solid answer for all the technical details, but I'm going to break it down more basically. Sound consists of pressure changes. A speaker makes sound by moving a diaphragm that ...
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Do Opus And AAC Use Artistic License To Improve Sound Quality By Sacrificing Accuracy?

You can read up on how the Opus codec works here: http://opus-codec.org/ Opus is entirely open-source, so you can even read the source-code to determine how it works. Here is a paper on how MP3 and ...
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What software is best at ripping multi-CD audiobooks?

I used portable 'MarkAble' + installed legacy ver. 12 iTunes, with the optical drive added to 'device' list in VBox, on WinXP-Pro. MarkAble won't work past iTunes v12, and has been discontinued. I ...
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Does the .wav file created from a .mp3 file have better quality than the .mp3 file itself?

You cannot get detail from nothing Even though WAV files can hold more detailed sound, that doesn't mean they always do. Converting from MP3 to WAV would be one such scenario, the converter cannot ...
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Subliminal messages in MP3

that claims to have embedded in them messages at a frequency that people cannot hear That's an odd claim to make. Subliminal messages can be done in video: the theory is that you can show a message ...
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What defines loudness of mp3 in a file?

Let’s take a CD audio audio stream. It is a stream of 16 bits samples : in an other word, a stream of numbers between -32768 and +32767. On audacity, each number is matched with a number between -1 ...
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Is there any easy and simple way to reduce the size of MP3 files?

No, there is no way. Compression via mp3 removes frequencies, people tend „not to hear“. This reduces the amount of data to be stored. Compared to raw data (.wav) mp3 are considerably smaller. If you ...
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alternative to mp3

You can try OGG Opus, which seems to be getting more popular recently. I haven't used it myself, but from what I've heard, it's a little bit better than MP3. Here it is compared with other formats in ...
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What makes low quality speakers become distorted when at high volume?

Where as the other answers talk about technical measurements, they don't actual answer why sounds distort on speakers. This happens because of physical deformation of the cone, as well as travel ...
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