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WavPack 4 and hardware
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post Sep 5 2004, 01:39
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I'm enthusiast about WavPack 4 performance, it has compression level up to Monkey's audio high mode but with really better decode speed (my P4 2.8 GHz goes to 44x).
Now what I wonder is how much it's complex in comparison with FLAC, I mean could be it implemented in hardware players "easily" as FLAC?

Especially pocket hardware?


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post Sep 5 2004, 02:51
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Well, you have every right to be enthusiastic about Wavpack's performance, since it really is amazing (hats off once again to David). Concerning now the hardware implementation, I think that it shouldn't be more complicated than FLAC (if not easier), since the whole format was designed with hardware integration in mind. In fact David has made a “tiny” decoder, for those who would like to include WavPack decoding in a hardware device.


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post Sep 5 2004, 04:29
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The good news is that the "tiny" decoder source has been downloaded almost 600 times. One can only hope that a few of those are being integrated into hardware devices, either portable or overwise. I believe that from a technical and licensing perspective, WavPack is a perfect candidate for this, but it's probably just not well enough known yet.
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post Sep 5 2004, 12:01
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Indeed, except for the momentary low diffusion and support, WavPack seems to have all strong points.
Even if personally I like use the lossless mode -h alone.


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post Sep 7 2004, 05:50
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Well, with the firmware for the Neuros recently going open source, we can certainly hope that WavPack support will appear eventually. Haven't seen it mentioned around their forums though. Seems that MPC, Monkey's Audio, FLAC, and Audible are the formats most often talked about when it comes to possible future support actually. Maybe someone needs to go over there and pimp everything that makes WavPack so great? wink.gif
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