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A Subjective Evaluation of High Bitrate Coding of Music

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The demand to deliver high quality audio has led broadcasters to consider lossless delivery. However the difference in quality over formats used in existing services is not clear. A subjective listening test was carried out to assess the perceived difference in quality between AAC-LC at 320 kbps and an uncompressed reference, using the method of ITU-R BS.1116. Twelve audio samples were used in the test, which included orchestral, jazz, vocal music, and speech. A total of 18 participants with critical listening experience took part in the experiment. The results showed no perceptible difference between AAC-LC at 320 kbps and the reference.

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