Hi all. I'm new to this forum. The reason I am asking this question is because I have the setting at 'high quality' but I have chosen a bit rate of 128. When I look at the properties of a newly created mp3 it displays the 128 bit rate, which is what I would expect if the encoding was done at a CBR, rather than VBR. Now, just to make a comparison, I used Cdex to encode at a VBR. When I have a look at the properties of the file I see that the bit rate value is 503kbps. What I'm basically asking is this: If I choose 'high quality' when using EAC am I definitely using a VBR scheme to create the file? The reason I ask is because the bit rate value I see in the properties of the file appear to be a CBR value. If, in fact, I AM compressing with a VBR using EAC, does it even matter if I choose the bit rate value at all?