[vorbis] Format comparison

Aleksandar Dovnikovic aldov at EUnet.yu
Wed Jun 20 10:56:23 PDT 2001

"aardvaak" <aardvaak at ifrance.com> wrote:

> Hi, I'm new on this ML. I would like to know how powerful Vorbis is 
> compared to mp3pro and aac+sbr ? Can we dream about a vorbis+sbr?

Well, judging by what the developers have been saying, the next
Vorbis encoder will have joint stereo that should bring down
the current quality of ~128kbps down to ~80kbps. Note that
the quality of ~128kbps Vorbis is better then MP3 using the
same bitrate. So I think that Vorbis will be as good as (or even
better then) MP3pro at bitrates like 96kbps or lower
(for >96kbps SBR isn't much usable since you can
encode higher frequencies in a usual manner).

As for AAC+SBR, now that would probably be the highest
quality solution, but I don't know if AAC+SBR is even finished.
Considering that AAC is mostly intended for music distribution,
I don't think that AAC+SBR will be publicly available, since
it will be sold mostly to companies. And judging by the price
of AAC itself, AAC+SBR is probably going to be very expensive.

Aleksandar @ Vorbis Xtreme | http://solair.eunet.yu/~aldov
Ogg Vorbis is the free, open source alternative to MP3

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