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Re: mp3 and the perceptual coding

On Thu, 25 Mar 2010, Massimo Grassi wrote:

> I would like to convince to my students that psychophysics can (seldom)
> be useful. For this reason, I want to talk about mp3 and perceptual coding.

I usually do the following demonstration: take a speech sample, compress
it with an mp3 codec at the highest possible compression rate, then
decompress it and display the spectrogram of the original and the
processed signal. The spectral valleys are wiped out,
while there is minimal perceptual difference. I think this quite
convincingly demonstrates that masking indeed works, and that the industry
can make use of the results of psychophysics.

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