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Comments on quality NCT ALF2 CD Audio Codec?
ephemeros
post Jan 19 2002, 16:31
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From site:

NCT ALF2 CD Audio Codec is high quality and fast encoder/decoder of audio data, written in CD Audio standard (44100 Hz, 16 bit, Stereo). NCT ALF2 CD audio codec allows to encode and decode with the following bitrates: 256 Kbps, 320 Kbps, 384 Kbps, 512 Kbps.

Codec is based on original method of audio compression, which doesn't use patented audio compression algorithms (MP3 and others).

ALF2 CD Audio Codec is implemented as standard Windows ACM driver. It allows to use well known program, for example such as Winamp, Windows Media Player, CoolEdit and others for playback and editing compressed audio files.

Main features of ALF2 CD:

It is a free distributed format. Developers don't require any fee for using this format.
High encoding speed. Time of encoding of 1 minute of high quality music (44100 Hz, 16 bit, Stereo) is approximately 10-15 seconds on Pentium II, 300 MHz, RAM 64 Mb.
High quality of compressed signal.

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http://www.nctsoft.com/download/NCTALFCD/ver2-1/ALF2CD.exe (1.4 MB)

Personnally I don't have the equipment and experience to evaluate the quality, but I'd be interested in using the 512 kbps setting (saving AVI's and transcoding later on)

Any comment would be highly appreciated


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ephemeros
post Jan 20 2002, 10:36
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Well, quality at 512kBps is a little worse than mu- or A-Law (706k bitrate), but is quite inflexible (only 44k1 stereo) and unknown to about anybody. It does seem to be lots better than M$ ADPCM at 384 kbps, but then I guess it'd be better to mux 320k cbr mp3.

Still, when testing unknown (high-bitrate) codecs, what samples should I use (now I used some Megadeth biggrin.gif ) and what to pay attention to?


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PS A-Law possibly better than u-/mu-Law?

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post Jan 20 2002, 12:13
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Well, you have to test all kinds of test tracks, although it could be that NCT ALF2 ain't psychoacoustics based codec, because the bitrates offered are so high.
I have not tested this, but I could imagine that pre-echo is not an issue here.

http://lame.sourceforge.net/gpsycho/quality.html
http://www.ff123.net/samples.html


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post Jan 20 2002, 12:53
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Well, I compared by inverse mix-pasting the encoded samples on top of the original (CoolEdit), and measuring the noise. It behaves in the same way as A- & mu-Law encoding - pulse code modulation I guess.


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post Jan 20 2002, 15:27
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