- From: Richard Evans <R.P.Evans.NoSpam@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2006 22:34:46 GMT
You could save half the transmission cost versus 128 kbps MP2. Not bad. But don't you worry, even 64 AAC+ is not very nice to listen to.
Actually 64k AAC+ can sound perfectly acceptable.
I sometimes listen to a radio station over the web at 64K HE-AAC (Radio Jackie), as the FM reception of that station is a bit weak here.
The first time I tried it, it didn't sound very good, it seemed a bit distorted. Since then I've installed a newer version of WinAmp, and now it sounds perfectly acceptable, vastly better than 128k mp2.
Whether the previous distortion was the radio station still learning to use their encoders, or whether it was some incompatibility issue when I was using an older version of WinAmp I don't know, but it certainly sounds OK now.
The point I'm trying to get to is that is seems that 64k AAC+ can sound either good or bad, depending upon how well it is set up. Hopefully as stations get a bit of experience at using it, most will end up sounding good.