AES E-Library

AES E-Library

Subjective Evaluation of State-of-the-Art Two-Channel Audio Codecs

Document Thumbnail

The results of double-blind subjective tests are reported, which were conducted to examine the audio quality of several state-of-the-art two-channel audio codecs against a CD-quality reference. Implementation of the MPEG Layer 2, MPEG Layer 3, MPEG AAC, Dolby AC-3, and Lucent PAC codecs were evaluated at the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada, in accordance with the subjective testing procedures outlined in ITU-R Recommendation BS.1116. The bit rates varied between 64 and 192 kbit/s per stereo pair. The study is unique in that this is the first time that these codecs have been compared in a single test. Clear results were obtained for comparing the subjective performance of the codecs at each bit rate. All codecs were software based and constituted the most current implementations at the time of testing. An additional hardware-based MPEG Layer 2 codec was included in the tests as a benchmark.

JAES Volume 46 Issue 3 pp. 164-177; March 1998
Publication Date:

Click to purchase paper as a non-member or login as an AES member. If your company or school subscribes to the E-Library then switch to the institutional version. If you are not an AES member and would like to subscribe to the E-Library then Join the AES!

This paper costs $33 for non-members and is free for AES members and E-Library subscribers.

Learn more about the AES E-Library

E-Library Location:

Start a discussion about this paper!

AES - Audio Engineering Society