Please click on the name of a decoder for a review of it's decoding quality.
- ACM mp3 codec v1.0 © 1997 FhG
- ACM mp3 codec v1.9 © 1999 FhG
- Audio Active MP3 decoder v1.1.2 © 1998 Telos Systems/FhG
- CDex v1.30B8 © 1998-2000 Albert L. Faber
- CoolDecode v2.0 © 1999-2000 QuinqSoft
- Cool Edit Pro v1.2 "MP3 me" plug-in from FhG © 1999 Syntrillium
- Cool Edit Pro v1.2 mp3filt GNU demo © 1998 Syntrillium
- CoolPlayer build 7782 © 2000 Daansystems
- Easy CD Creator Deluxe v4.02 (285) © 1995-2000 Adaptec Corporation
- HyCD Pro v3.1.0503
- l3dec v2.72 © 1997 FhG
- lame v3.81 BETA
- lame v3.87 BETA
- MAD Mpeg Audio Decoder © 2000 Rob Leslie
- Media Jukebox v5.0.601 © 1998-2000 J. River Inc.
- mp3 decoder v1.45 © 2000 HPL software
- mp3 to wave v1.02 © 2000 Acoustica
- mp3 to wave v1.14 © 2000 Acoustica
- mpg123 by Michael Hipp
- MpegDJ GoWave! v1.41 © 1999-2000 Sahin Tepe and Xaudio
- Music Match Jukebox v5.1118 © 2000 MusicMatch
- NAD v0.94 © 1998 The House Of Axe
- Nero v184.108.40.206 © 1995-2000 ahead software gmbh
- Quicktime Player v4.1.2 © 1992-2000 Apple Computer, Inc.
- RazorLame v1.1.0 © 2000 Holger Dors
- Real Jukebox v2 © 1995-2000 Real Networks Inc.
- SCMPX v1.51 © 1999 Shinji Chiba
- Shuffler Music Convertor v4 r2 © 2000 Illustrate
- SIREN Jukebox XPress v1.5a (349) © 1997-2000 Sonic Foundry, Inc.
- Sonique v1.51.0 © 1998-2000 Lycos, Inc.
- Sonique v1.808a © 1998-2000 Lycos, Inc.
- Ultra Player v1.00 © 1999,2000 UltraCo, Inc.
- Ultra Player v2.00 © 1999,2000 UltraCo, Inc.
- Winamp v2.22 © 1999 Nullsoft
- Winamp v2.62 © 2000 Nullsoft
- Winamp v2.7 © 2000 Nullsoft
- Winamp MAD decoder plug-in v0.12.2B © Robert Leslie
- Winamp mpg123 plug-in v1.18 by shibatch
- Windows Media Player v6.4 © 1999 Microsoft
- Windows Media Player v7 BETA © 2000 Microsoft
- WinOnCD v3.60.420 © 1992-1998 CeQuadrat GmbH, Germany and CeQuadrat USA, Inc.
- Xaudio MPEG audio engine © 1996-2000 MpegTV/InterTrust
- ACM Station v2.1 © 1999 Leeb Andreas used to test ACM codecs
- Total Recorder v2.0 © 1998-1999 High Criteria Inc. used to capture player output
- = Plays mp3 files
- = Decodes mp3 files to .wavs
- = Writes mp3 files directly to audio CD
Performance categories: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor, pathetic.
- Why have you written more about some decoders than others?
Firstly, there's not much to say about the ones that are perfect! ("Perfect" or "faultless" on these pages always means "perfect in terms of these tests" - they might look terrible, cost too much etc!). Secondly, an obscure decoder that doesn't work well really just requires a "Look, it doesn't work, don't use it!" while a very popular decoder that has some problems needs those problems pointing out in detail, since lots of people are using it and will question if or why they should switch.
- Another question....
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