A recurring question about Ogg Vorbis has regarded how well it
stacks up against other audio compression formats. This item
attempts to answer that question in a shootout between MP3, Ogg
Vorbis, Windows Audio Media, and MP3Pro involving members of the
National Symphony Orchestra, a composer, a stereo salesman, and a
"The test sessions were done in a home environment with
an ordinary stereo system. We focused most of our attention on
MP3Pro and Vorbis, the two newest formats, with Windows Audio Media
and MP3, the older and more familiar formats, given more limited
Of the seven listeners, two couldn't discern much difference
between MP3Pro and Vorbis. The other five felt Vorbis was the least
realistic, with MP3Pro sounding better and Windows Media Audio best
of all -- but none of these formats achieved CD quality.
Most thought the beta version of the Vorbis encoder poorly
represented the natural sounds of the individual voices or musical
instruments. (A few disagreed, saying certain instruments sounded
more synthetic in MP3Pro.)"
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