wma vs. mp3 quality comparison

bluenitepk

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I have an older recorder that records only to wma format. Unfortunately for wider use of the records have to be converted to mp3 so I could play everywhere.
The best wma bitrate with this recorder (OlympusDS-40) is 128kbit. After converting to mp3 same bitrate, the sound considerably worse. Will not improve much even with the big increase. What is equivalent to the quality/size when converting wma to mp3? There is somewhere a comparison of the two formats?
Thanks for response
Peter
 
When Windows introduced WMA format (like 20 years ago), it was widely rumored that it provides better quality at same baudrates. I did not ran any audio tests, but you can try converting your WMA first into WAV, check how it sounds, and convert it back into eg 192 or 256 MP3.
 
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