Audio Engineering Society
Convention Paper 7219
Presented at the 123rd Convention 2007 October 5–8 New York, NY, USA
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A study of the MPEG Surround quality versus bit-rate curve
Jonas Rödén1, Jeroen Breebaart2, Johannes Hilpert3, Heiko Purnhagen1, Erik Schuijers4, Jeroen Koppens4, Karsten Linzmeier3 and Andreas Hölzer3
Coding Technologies, 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Philips Research, 5656 AE Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, Am Wolfsmantel 33, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
Philips Applied Technologies, 5656 AE, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
ABSTRACT MPEG Surround provides unsurpassed multi-channel audio compression efficiency by extending a mono or stereo audio coder with additional side information. This compression method has two important advantages. The first is its backward compatibility, which is important when MPEG Surround is employed to upgrade an existing service. Secondly, the amount of side information can be varied over a wide range to enable high-quality multi-channel audio compression at extremely low bit rates up to perceptual transparency at higher bit rates. The present paper provides a study of the performance of MPEG Surround, highlighting the various tradeoffs that...