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Multiformat Listening Test @ 48 kbps - OPEN
Hello!

I would like to announce the launch of my public, multiformat listening test @ 48 kbps.

The encoders featured are:
  • iTunes AAC 7.0.2.16 (96 kbps High Anchor)
  • Ogg Vorbis AoTuV 5 Beta
  • WMA Professional 10
  • Nero HE-AAC May 26 2006
  • WMA Standard 9.2
  • iTunes AAC 7.0.2.16 (48 kbps Low Anchor)
For further information on how to participate, please visit the test announcement page: http://www.maresweb.de/listening-tests/mf-48-1/

The test is scheduled to end on December 8th, 2006.

For those using BitTorrent, statistics are available here: http://www.rarewares.org/tracker/mystats.php
Please use BT whenever possible.
Thanks to Roberto for sharing.

Thank you!

Regards,
Sebastian Mares
  • Last Edit: 09 December, 2006, 02:30:37 AM by Sebastian Mares

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Reply #1
Weeee, a new test! I didn't follow the pre-test discussion, but I'm definitely gonna take part.
Burrrn - http://www.burrrn.net/
MPEG Audio Collection - http://mac.sourceforge.net/

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Reply #2
Was way better than the one for my last test.

I am out to deliver newspapers (not regarding the listening-test, though ).
  • Last Edit: 22 November, 2006, 08:56:23 AM by Sebastian Mares

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Reply #3
Was way better than the one for my last test.

Haha

Damn, and I missed it!
Burrrn - http://www.burrrn.net/
MPEG Audio Collection - http://mac.sourceforge.net/

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Reply #4
Great...

But the last 3 links for Sample18/Sample19/Sample20 are the same on the ReadMe.html page...
  • Last Edit: 22 November, 2006, 09:16:10 AM by kurtnoise

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Reply #5
Fixed, thanks!

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Reply #6
I downloaded some samples (8,10,11,13), but there not any wma files at all?

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Reply #7
Yes, the WMA files were decoded to WAV and then encoded to WavPack because there is no WMA Professional decoder for Linux and OS X.

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Reply #8
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Yes, the WMA files were decoded to WAV and then encoded to WavPack because there is no WMA Professional decoder for Linux and OS X.
Ahh, thanks.

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Reply #9
Test announcement newsletter sent.

Those that are not yet in the newsletter: subscribe!
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Reply #10
Thanks Roberto!

By the way, I already have results for 4 samples!

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Reply #11
Thanks Roberto!

By the way, I already have results for 4 samples!


That was me

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Reply #12
a little note about the .torrent files which are shown on readme.htm

whenever i try to download one of the .torrent files from there, for some reason, Opera renames the file to "SampleXX.zip.zip" instead of "SampleXX.zip.torrent". manually adding it from µTorrent worked though.

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Reply #13
No idea why it happens. Works flawlessly with Firefox and µTorrent.

  • rjamorim
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Reply #14
whenever i try to download one of the .torrent files from there, for some reason, Opera renames the file to "SampleXX.zip.zip" instead of "SampleXX.zip.torrent". manually adding it from µTorrent worked though.


Looks like the server is delivering the wrong MIME type. Firefox keeps the correct extension, but tries to open the file with the ZIP file handler.

I don't think I can fix that without admin access to the server (which I don't have) 
Get up-to-date binaries of Lame, AAC, Vorbis and much more at RareWares:
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Reply #15
Yep, problems with Opera as well. I'm not really keen on installing some vague BitTorrent client, so I guess it's HTTP download for me

edit: somehow the Java ABC-HR does't work, everything is greyed out, no sound, no sign of anything playing. (I have the sample folders as they are described, and decodeall worked fine). I´m now doing the test with the w32 binary of ABC-HR 1.0 stable, should be acceptable, right?
  • Last Edit: 22 November, 2006, 04:23:56 PM by eofor

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Reply #16
<sarcasm>the HTTP downloads should be web-seeded</sarcasm>

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Reply #17
When I tried fot the first time to run ABC/HR I didn't get a sound. Then I check a sound blaster as  a playback device in settings of ABC/HR. There is sound with both : Sound Blaster and primary sound driver.
I suppose I should check Sound Blaster, right?

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Reply #18
Looks like the server is delivering the wrong MIME type. Firefox keeps the correct extension, but tries to open the file with the ZIP file handler.

I don't think I can fix that without admin access to the server (which I don't have) 


Interestingly enough, my Firefox handles it fine. It shows the ZIP icon, yet opens the torrent files with the proper program (µTorrent).

  • rjamorim
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Reply #19
Yep, problems with Opera as well. I'm not really keen on installing some vague BitTorrent client, so I guess it's HTTP download for me


That's OK.

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edit: somehow the Java ABC-HR does't work, everything is greyed out, no sound, no sign of anything playing. (I have the sample folders as they are described, and decodeall worked fine). I´m now doing the test with the w32 binary of ABC-HR 1.0 stable, should be acceptable, right?


What version of the Java Runtime are you using?

I'm afraid the results from ABC-HR 1.0 won't be of much use. For instance, it doesn't account for delay. there must be some problem on your side, as it seems to be working for everyone else...
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Reply #20
It didn't output any sound for me either, but when I changed the audio output to Primary Sound Driver it worked fine.

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Reply #21
With a little luck schnofler is going to see this thread and come with a solution
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  • Firon
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Reply #22
Doing these tests makes me wonder how guruboolez can hear artifacts in some of this stuff.
  • Last Edit: 22 November, 2006, 07:13:57 PM by Firon

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Reply #23
For people without sound, simply change the playback device from the options. I don't know why ABC/HR does not default to the primary audio device like every other program.

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Reply #24
Perhaps you can add that note to the readme, or at least to the first post/listening test page.
Also, I sent you my results.
  • Last Edit: 23 November, 2006, 01:39:16 AM by Firon