Leegaard, Jack Højholt1; Østergaard, Jan4; Jensen, Søren Holdt4; Zamir, Ram5
1 The Faculty of Engineering and Science (TECH), Aalborg University, VBN2 Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN3 Signal and Information Processing, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN4 Department of Electronic Systems, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN5 Dept. Electrical Engineering-Systems, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv
It was recently shown that delta-sigma quantization (DSQ) can be used for optimal multiple description (MD) coding of Gaussian sources. The DSQ scheme combined oversampling, prediction, and noise-shaping in order to trade off side distortion for central distortion in MD coding. It was shown that asymptotically in the dimensions of the resampling, prediction, and noise-shaping filters as well as asymptotically in the quantizer dimensions, all rate-distortion points on the symmetric quadratic Gaussian MD rate-distortion function could be achieved. In this work, we show that this somewhat theoretical framework is suitable for practical low-delay MD audio coding. In particular, we design a practical MD audio coder with two descriptions and provide simulations on real audio data. The simulations demonstrate that even when using low-dimensional noise-shaping, prediction, and resampling filters, it is possible to obtain good quality audio in the presence of packet losses. Simulations on real audio reveal that, contrary to existing designs, it is straightforward to obtain a large number of trade-off points between side distortion and central distortion, which makes the proposed coder suitable for a wide range of applications.
Eurasip Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing, 2014, Vol 2014, Issue 16