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best MP3 decoder... for sound quality, for Winamp or other apps
s8n
post Jun 24 2005, 14:19
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hi team....... i am heavily into music and sound quality.....i use FLAC by default , but i use MP3 to test and review new bands as MP3 is very compatible....

i need a MP3 decoder , that is the best in the scene ..... in terms of sound quality

any help is appreciated

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Skymmer
post Jun 25 2005, 01:05
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If you are looking for highest decoding quality then Apollo for you. Since version 37zl it features the best at the moment decoding precise with the RMS level 7.16910−10 and maximum difference 1.19210−7. More details here:
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....topic=30009&hl=
The info in that topic is little bit outdated and version mentioned there is 37zh.
Another high quality decoder is MPADec. Binary can be taken here
The MPADec results are RMS level 2.28x10-9 and max difference 1.192x10-7
Apollo homepage is here.
I'm also did a little test with the most well known decoders/decoding engines to see how they're treat freeformat streams and Lame tag for gappless decoding.

CODE
Lame tag Free format
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Lame N N
Winamp (in_mp3) N N
Winamp (in_mpg123) Y N
Winamp (in_mad) N Y
mpg123 N N
MAD N Y
MPADec Y Y
Apollo N Y
Foobar (mpglib) Y N
Foobar (MAD) Y N
XMPlay Y? N


In my opinion MPADec is the choice. It supports freeformat and Lame tag providing also extremly high quality.

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- s8n   best MP3 decoder... for sound quality   Jun 24 2005, 14:19
- - s8n   oh i mean a player or codec.......   Jun 24 2005, 14:23
- - sh1leshk4   Hardware players like iPod or software players lik...   Jun 24 2005, 14:36
- - s8n   im talking Pc software........the best MP3 decodin...   Jun 24 2005, 15:05
- - stephanV   I think all mp3 decoders should practically (and p...   Jun 24 2005, 15:14
- - Axon   That depends on what bitrate you're talking ab...   Jun 24 2005, 15:25
- - stephanV   how does it depend on that?   Jun 24 2005, 17:55
- - xmixahlx   http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....showt...   Jun 24 2005, 18:01
|- - johny5   QUOTE (xmixahlx @ Jun 24 2005, 06:01 PM)http:...   Jun 24 2005, 18:38
- - NIN9   There is an alternative Winamp 5 decoder plugin ou...   Jun 24 2005, 18:27
- - Skymmer   If you are looking for highest decoding quality th...   Jun 25 2005, 01:05
|- - rjamorim   QUOTE (Skymmer @ Jun 24 2005, 09:05 PM)CODE ...   Jun 25 2005, 02:05
- - 2Bdecided   It would be possible to make a decoder which match...   Jun 25 2005, 02:13
- - William   I have the impression that the difference of decod...   Jun 25 2005, 05:50
|- - neoufo51   QUOTE (William @ Jun 24 2005, 09:50 PM)I have...   Jun 25 2005, 05:58
- - Skymmer   QUOTE (rjamorim @ Jun 25 2005, 04:05 AM)As fo...   Jun 25 2005, 08:58
- - Societal Eclipse   Where can one get a Win32 exec of MPADec? The Sou...   Jun 25 2005, 23:13
- - rjamorim   http://pessoal.onda.com.br/rjamorim/mpadec.zip   Jun 25 2005, 23:51
|- - Societal Eclipse   QUOTE (rjamorim @ Jun 25 2005, 02:51 PM)http:...   Jun 26 2005, 15:31
- - Enig123   Does there any foobar2000 mp3 plugin based on mpad...   Jun 26 2005, 15:53
- - rjamorim   QUOTE (Societal Eclipse @ Jun 26 2005, 11:31 ...   Jun 26 2005, 19:58
|- - Enig123   QUOTE (rjamorim @ Jun 27 2005, 02:58 AM)QUOTE...   Jun 27 2005, 01:22
- - Mo0zOoH   And what about decoding speed?   Jun 26 2005, 20:51
- - LMS   Well, if you are just going to listen to the MP3s ...   Jun 26 2005, 21:41
- - neoufo51   i guess then there is no real difference in qualit...   Jun 27 2005, 06:18
- - krazy   QUOTE (neoufo51 @ Jun 27 2005, 01:18 PM)i gue...   Jun 27 2005, 10:46
|- - neoufo51   QUOTE (krazy @ Jun 27 2005, 02:46 AM)QUOTE (n...   Jul 3 2005, 12:36
- - rjamorim   http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?ti...est_M...   Jun 27 2005, 17:13
- - krazy   The files output by different decoders will almost...   Jul 5 2005, 03:37


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