WMA is a widespread licensed audio stream compression format. Created in 1999 by Signal Processing Group, a member of the IT giant Microsoft. Initially, this company created WMA as a competitor to the popular MP3 format. The name WMA is an abbreviation for Windows Media Audio. Among the advantages of this format is the support of almost all Windows systems and devices, as well as the similarity in characteristics and quality with MP3 files. It is believed that a compressed WMA audio file with a bit rate of 160 kbit / s is fully consistent with the quality of an MP3 file with a bit rate of 256 kbit / s. Today, even Apple devices support the WMA format.
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.