Thanks for the MP3 information. This gets hairer by the moment.
“Decompressing a MP3 file, then reencoding again to MP3 will always make the quality worse” doesn’t make sense to me ,if the encoding is dome in a superior way to how it was before.
If it is purely cosmetic, then the cosmetics make them sound a lot better.
Besides, I ALWAYS do that type of thing with encoding movies and videos, strip the sound, decompress to wav, bring it back to the movie after being through toolame. Improves the sound tremendously.
Is it your point that there is no way to improve sound once it is in a compressed format ? First time, I have experimented with this on purely audio, but have done it about 100 times with video and that works great.
Thanks for the tip about VBR. Would ABR work ?