After checking the sound quality and file size of VQF (Transform-domain
Weighted Interleave Vector Quantization (TwinVQ for short))
file, it amazes me that they haven't taken the audio industry
and left MP3s in the dust. But the answer is quite simple, once
a format have been accepted by the majority, most will stay with
that format for the sake of compadibility This can also been seen
with data compression (ZIP). But in all
fairness, VQF deserves a little more credit than most people give
it, because of same high quality sound that it can produce in
a much smaller file size. Another advantage to VQF is that all
the software is free. The perfect price for everyone.
The results are in and the ratios are unbelievable. A CD-Quality
file compressed at the highest setting (96 kBps) has the equivalent
sound as 193kBps MP3. And as you can see in the graph below a
much smaller file size. About a 1:17 ratio of compression. Although
the disadvantage (which is small at that) is that VQF files take
a twice the CPU load to listen to because of their awesome compression
WinAmp In my opinion, this is probably
the best player. This was created for MP3s originally but they did
such a good job that this Plugin was created to read VQF files.
Their latest version uses the Nitrane engine, and it supports almost
all formats including MP2, MP3, MOD, XM, IT, S3M, MTM, 669, MID,
WAV, VOC, STM, DSM, FAR, UTL, CDA, M3U, PLS, and ASX. It supports
tons of skins and plugins.
Esprit is a music player which supports
MP1, MP2, MP3, VQF, CDDA, MODs, Unreal UMX Music, MIDI, DirectMusic,
WAV and AIFF/AIFC. It includes three native visualization plugins
(VU-Meter, Spectrum Analyser, Oscilliscope) and also includes three
conversion modules (Microsoft Waveform Audio, Apple AIFF and RAW).
It also has CDDB access for CD support.
Sonitong has a cool interface. It supports
MP3, VQF, WAV, SH file playback. VQF support is at a minimal, but
they are working on integrating it better. Its other features include
a Equalizer, Crystalizer, Vocal Reducer, Techno Enhancer and Wide
Based on a codec by Fraunhofer, it can
encode at bitrates up to 256kbps. Speed had been increased by about
20% over previous versions. It can encode multiple files with different
settings for each one, making it a must have for music enthusiast.