Orban, an American audio processing company, has launched Orban NeuStar Air2 codec pre-conditioner and will officially debut its new pre-processor at NAB 2017.
The NeuStar Air2 is designed to improve the sonic performance of low bit-rate internet streams, HD Radio multicasts, DAB/DAB+ and DRM channels.
David Day, Orban’s president, said: “Many internet and terrestrial radio stations depend on lossy compressed source material for a large portion of their programming.
“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 increased time-spent-listening and keep listeners from becoming irritated and tuning to another station.”
Orban's proprietary codec pre-processing engine has been tuned for operation at 24 kbps, 32 kbps, 48 kbps, 64 kbps and 128 kbps rates with any codec including HE-AAC v2.
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 the listener”.
The NeuStar Air2 will be demonstrated in booth N3203 at NAB.