RA is a streaming audio file category format designed to play audio over a wide area network. The RA (RealAudio) file format was developed by RealNetworks in the mid-90s of the last century. The file itself contains encoded audio information, but it may also contain links to audio content. It may contain audio data or reference an audio streaming file. In order to compress the data, they use their own Real compression algorithm with a variable bitrate, as well as a variety of codecs. The .ra file format is a common format required to play streaming audio on the Internet. Real Audio is a standard format for playing audio clips in a web browser. As a rule, they use the RealOne Player to play it. However, due to the fact that it is completely unsuitable and clogged with advertising, they recommend the RealAlternative package. Previously, most radio stations broadcasting online used this particular format. Also until 2009, the format was used on its website by BBC. Currently, the RA format is not so popular among those who broadcast online, since new technologies have already been introduced.
AC3 is a sound file format. Its name is the abbreviation for Audio Codec 3. The format was developed by Dolby Laboratories, Inc as a modern and efficient sound compression technology. AC3 files feature Dolby Digital multi-channel surround sound. In this regard, they are widely distributed as a format for DVDs, movie theaters and game consoles. However, you can evaluate all the advantages of such files only if you have the appropriate acoustics for surround sound. An audio file of the specified format can include up to six sound channels, which creates a presence effect for the listener.