|Decoder Source:||no longer available - superseded by dBpowerAMP http://www.dbpoweramp.com/|
|Version:||4 r2 © 2000 Illustrate|
|Settings:||decode to PCM wave 44.1kHz 16 bit stereo|
|Similar products:||Uses the Xaudio decoding engine|
superseded by dBpowerAMP http://www.dbpoweramp.com/ - not tested
|Full file:||Nearly Always|
|Minor Flaws:||Audible drop out with lame encoded tone sweep, possible high frequency error decoding blade files, clipped end off one 32kbps file|
|1-bit relative accuracy:||Excellent|
|1-bit absolute accuracy:||Excellent|
Illustrate.org supply a variety of audio products, and are currently moving from their "Shuffler" range to their "dBpowerAMP" range. We tested the Shuffler music converter, which has since been discontinued. It appeared to use the Xaudio decoding engine, and hence gave the two small problems associated with it: A small blip occurs when decoding a lame encoded tone sweep, and possible high frequency errors occur when decoding blade encoded files. See the Xaudio review for more details.
Beside this, Shuffler music convertor clipped the end off one of our 32kbps test files. It also skipped 1 second of a corrupt 320kbps test file, but decoded all other mp3 files in their entirety.
Due to the slight bug in the Xaudio decoding engine, Shuffler Music Converter cannot be recommended for perfect quality mp3 decodes, though in everyday use it is unlikely that these bugs will have any audible effect on the sound quality of this decoder.
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