Orban to launch NeuStar Air2 at NAB

Orban, the leader in world-class audio processing, will debut NeuStar Air2 codec pre-conditioner at this year’s NAB Show. Designed to significantly improve the quality of lossy, compressed audio, the NeuStar Air2 codec pre-conditioner provides perceived audio quality of twice the effective bit-rate. The NeuStar Air2 was specifically designed to improve the sonic performance of low bit-rate internet streams, HD Radio multicasts, DAB/DAB+ and DRM channels.

“Many internet and terrestrial radio stations depend on lossy, compressed source material for a large portion of their programming,” said David Day, Orban’s President. “The problem is that while listeners expect a broad range of programming choices, they won’t tolerate low quality sound performance for very long. Our design goal for the NeuStar product was increase time-spent-listening and keep listeners from becoming irritated and tuning to another station.”

Orban’s proprietary codec pre-processing engine has been specially tuned for operation at 24 kbps, 32 kbps, 48 kbps, 64 kbps and 128 kbps rates with any codec including HE-AAC v2. It significantly reduces artifacts from lossy codecs and other low-bit rate sources. Day said the ultimate goal is to deliver quality content while preserving a station’s unique sound signature, “ensuring a win-win for both the broadcaster and listener.”

You can see the NeuStar Air2 codec in action very soon at Orban’s NAB booth N3203.

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