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AC-2 and AC-3: The Technology and Its Application

The basic technology of AC-2 and AC-3 algorithms is discussed with an emphasis on the practical application. AC-2 and AC-3 are both data rate reduction coding systems allowing the transmission of high-quality audio signals at data rate compression factors of up to 14:1 or more. The growth of the use of this technology into professional link applications, digital cinema, digital cable, and high-definition television is discussed.

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