The evaluation encoder enables the creation of MP3 Surround material out of five or six channel “.wav“ files. The Fraunhofer IIS MP3 Surround player is capable of decoding and playing back the surround format’s files as well as stereo MP3 material. This software-only solution runs on any standard PC with multi-channel audio capabilities.Most DVD-Audio discs come with an AC-3 encoded track for standard DVD players that can’t decode the high resolution MLP track. Since AC-3 tracks can be decoded into a multi-channel WAV files, MP3 Surround should allow users to recompress AC-3 tracks into smaller multi-channel files that are roughly the same size as stereo MP3 files.
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