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I think this is a simple question, but I don't have the manual in front of me now and the website doesn't list it.

Is the MP3 decoder on the DDX7015 variable bit rate (VBR) compatible? Must know since I am in the process of converting my CD collection to MP3 format this week.
 

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Crap... now I'm worried... I figured because it was one of the upper tier Kenwood units, it must have VBR compatibility. So, I've been capturing all my music in that format to keep the sound quality higher.

It would really suck if I had to go back and re-capture all the MP3s I've already done.

Can someone let me know for sure about this? OR... can I interest someone in a free song? I can capture something I have as a VBR MP3 and email it if someone would be willing to burn it and try to play on their Kenwood head unit for me.
 

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Thanks, Rahtok... I think that answers my question. Since CBR or VBR is a logic issue, if the DDX can decode VBR MP3 files from the Music Keg, it should be able to handle the same from the built in CD/DVD player (decoder is doing same job just grabbing the data from a different source).

I figured this would probably be the case, but wanted to be sure before I converted 100s of CDs to VBR format.
 

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Let me know how this turns out.

I also have the 7015 & keg, and also believe I have VBR on the keg, but not directly in the unit.

What are you using to encode?
 

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Actually, as an afterthought, I think that alpine is right. The keg itself does the decryption, and the 7015 simply sees a regular audio signal. However, 10 gig kegs are available for about 250 bucks now... great little toys, hold lots of noise, and the navigation is very easy.

Additionally, there is supposedly a new keg coming soon that will do album art as well. Probably late winter is the best estimate I've seen out of phatnoise so far...
 

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Thanks, toykilla! Will proceed with ripping my CDs now.

alpine... I'm using a nice, easy-to-use, & free program called Media Monkey. You can get the free version at...

Download.com

Just do a search for Media Monkey. This is not a trial version, just a basic version of their software. There is a Gold version with more features, but I have never had a need for anything in the upgrade.
 

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You can also do it with music match jukebox. You can download it with the crack key from limewire. It will even convert lower bitrate's to higher ones for better sound quality.
 
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