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High Efficiency AAC aka HE-AAC aka aacPlus

aacPlus is a lossy data compression scheme for audio streams. It is based on MPEG-4, and combines three techniques: Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), Spectral Band Replication (SBR), and parametric stereo (PS).

aacPlus was standardized by the MPEG under the High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) name.

The codec can operate at very low bitrates and is good for Internet radio streaming. A 48 kilobit-per-second stream is considered to have higher quality than 128 kbit/s MP3.

In HE-AAC, Spectral Band Replication (SBR) technology has been applied to AAC, and was incorporated into the standard to form High Efficiency AAC v1 (HE-AAC v1), (sometimes known as aacPlus v1).

Another recent introduction to AAC is Parametric Stereo ( aacPlus v2 or Enhanced aacPlus ). These technologies significantly improve the performance of AAC at lower bitrates, and are used, for example, in Digital Radio Mondiale .


HE-AAC is supported in the free FAAD2 decoding library, and hence in many free players, and in Winamp and foobar2000.

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