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Surround sound MP3s revealed

“Soon your MP3 files could be sounding even better. The Fraunhofer Institute has found a way to reproduce surround sound in a way that works with small MP3 files.

Using a small amount of additional information added to an MP3 encoding stream the technology catches information about where sounds are supposed to be coming from.

Fraunhofer said that the system it developed would work with existing MP3 software and music players.”

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“We have only two ears”
Yeah, but there are earphones made by yamaha that uses the
5.1 information to transmit the sensation of 5.1 speakers, iPod does not have it. I don’t understand why they are doing this with the mp3 and not desenvolving more the AAC to get these features too. I think using mp3 with surround will sound very poor. Try using any mp3 compressed sound with a digital surround device, worst if the song is some live performance..

Posted by Jean on March 23, 2004 at 7:27 AM (CST)


Yamaha makes earphones that trick the listener. But when you really break it down, it’s just a clever stereo mix. Any sound guy knows that. I got the same effect with some cheap Kenwood headphones plugged directly into the DVD player headphone jack.

But I agree about poor MP3 sound. You need to have high quality audio to make the listening experience worth the hassle.

Posted by Wolf on March 23, 2004 at 11:12 AM (CST)


Hello All :o)

I really must air my concerns about mp3.
To be honest i hate it, the internet is plagued with 128Kbps music downloads which sound horrible, you can always tell its mp3 format buy just listening.
Why cant we just have the raw data and stop all this compression business.
I would be happy to listen to mp3’s that are recorded at 1024Kbps, then i know i will be listening to music quality that a producer had intended.

I really think that mp3 is killing music quality.

Its okay for portable players but for professional home listening i truly hope the day will come when everything is raw uncompressed data.


Posted by Ron on August 5, 2005 at 8:08 PM (CDT)


Me again!

I wanted to mention that even old record players from the 1970’s have better quality than mp3’s, thats been proven.

With mp3’s we seem to be more worried about memory space these days over music quality.

Posted by Ron on August 5, 2005 at 8:17 PM (CDT)

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