Orban Releases NeuStar Air2 Codec Pre-Conditioner


USA: Orban, a leader in world-class audio processing, has announced the availability of the Orban NeuStar Air2 codec pre-conditioner.

Designed to significantly improve the quality of lossy, compressed audio, the NeuStar Air2 codec pre-conditioner (pictured) 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 24kbps, 32kbps, 48kbps, 64kbps and 128kbps rates with any codec including HE-AAC v2. It significantly reduces artefacts 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."

The NeuStar Air2 will make its official debut at NAB 2017 and is available for immediate shipment. Contact Orban to schedule a demo.

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