Hmm - even the best 128 lame encodes are not as good as 192 / 256 lame encodes - thats by the people the produce them and from personal tests of many people. I have followed all the mp3 (fraunhoffer), LQT (AAC for ages), vqt or vhf (whatever is was), etc, and some horrble sounding mp3 128 stereo (half the b/w channel) sound awful but others say they sound great - a 192 / 256 lame 3.9x JS encode is sublime (the JS problem dissappeared with lame builds long ago), and I can hear the difference. Just because some cannot tell the difference does not mean no difference is there to be heard by others. It's a bit sad that many years on, those that have used AAC in the form of LQT master/general *.aac files now are hearing what appears to be a new breakthrough - not so. But Lame 256 cbr/JS sounds as good as many people will be able to discern.