I personally haven’t come across any RNS, EGO or KSI rips that have been bad quality. If anyone in the group releases bad quality releases they stop serving it and re-release it. All your posts about the theory behind VBR is right. Increasing the bitrate when it needs it and decreasing it when it doesn’t is in THEORY the perfect answer. The problem is however that working out a correct algorithm to do this is extremely hard. That’s why so much effort is constantly being put into developing this area. All compression results in loss of quality, once VBR has been perfectly implemented it will be the best solution, for now though it still has some flaws. It’s nearing or maybe even has passed the quality of CBR but it’s very close at the moment and the size saving is minimal when using the proper settings for VBR when compared with 192. And for the guy who said that when it’s empty air it drops the level down, your right, thats the problem though, it might seem like empty air but it could just be a very faint background noise and this might get dropped by the reduced quality. Right now the two qualities between VBR and CBR are super close, it’s a matter of personal preferance. Within a couple of years or maybe even less VBR will be the only proper way of doing it as the algorithms are perfected. At the end of the day, all the encoding is done using maths and maths isn’t exactly known for having a good audio ear.