Opus examples

Audio samples

These samples demonstrate the quality achievable with Opus. They are have been encoded with Opus and then decoded back to wav so that any browser can play them. The bitrates indicated are target bitrates, i.e. the average that would be achieved on a large audio collection.

Opus speech samples, various bitrates


Opus stereo music samples, various bitrates


Packet loss robustness at 24 kb/s wideband, 30% loss


Bitrate scalability

The following example demonstrates what happens when gradually varying the bitrate from 8 kb/s to 64 kb/s. It’s an extreme example, but it shows how Opus can change bandwidth and bitrate seamlessly without any glitch. In practical applications, bitrate changes are expected to occur much more slowly.


Example of use in a web page

Opus works with the <audio> element just like Vorbis. For example, this code in a web page <audio src="ehren-paper_lights-96.opus" controls></audio> displays an embedded player that can play an Opus file:

Paper Lights by Ehren Starks, encoded at 96 kb/s


Playback should work in Firefox or Chrome.

There is also a list of live Opus internet radio streams on the Icecast directory.