Thanks for the answer. I did some testing on some average speakers and high quality in ear headphones and most of the time I could not tell the difference or whichever version had the higher sampling rate sounded better but only slightly (of course, I could be biased). This is frustrating because I do want to have the best quality audio in my game.
That's your opinion, and really, with this, you can do your mod even easier as you can change what audio extension is loaded, no more having to mess with hardcoded values. For me, PS2 "MUSIC" folder is higher quality than MP3 on PC, especially on Vice City, not to mention the obvious note of having the full soundtrack in the most complete form by Rockstar.
One thing people seem to be attacking us about over this is how we set up the ini's but you know why we did that? To give you guys the damn choice! With these INI's you can have the game use whatever audio format you want, from the newly added VB, to full WAV mixes you make yourself, etc.
Yeah. Exe editing kinda made me nervous. If you remove one space or dot by accident the executable becomes an invalid Win32 application. It happened to me but thankfully I managed to modify everything I needed and the game runs fine (no crashes or anything).