Award Date

1-1-1996

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Computer Science

Number of Pages

84

Abstract

Dolby Digital, or AC-3, provides for the compression of high-quality audio signals at a bit rate of 384 kbps. for 5.1 audio channels. The purpose of this thesis is to conduct an analysis and evaluation of the AC-3 compression algorithm. The main conclusion is that AC-3 allocates too few bits to the upper frequency ranges. This conclusion is supported by two lines of argument. First, a comparison of the AC-3 perceptual coding model with known facts concerning the masking properties of sound reveals omissions in the AC-3 perceptual model that lead to loss of high frequency resolution. Second, a test program comparing the bit allocation generated by AC-3 with the bit allocation generated by MPEG corroborates the conclusion. A remedy for the high frequency loss problem is put forward.

Keywords

Algorithm; Audio; Compression; Critical; Digital; Dolby; Evaluation

Controlled Subject

Electrical engineering; Computer science

File Format

pdf

File Size

1976.32 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/dw8q-xx1b processed, response: 201


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