With the rapid development of information technology, digital multimedia technology is becoming more and more mature, which has penetrated into multiple aspects of our lives, providing much more entertainment for our work and enriching our daily life. If you enjoy surfing the Internet, then you can access all kinds of video sources and get familiar with various video formats. Today, I will recommend you a new type of audio format, AC3, which is one of the most widely used audio formats.

Part 1: Introduction on AC3

AC3 refers to Dolby Audio Codec 3. It was created by the Pioneer Corp in Japan and American Dolby laboratories in 1994. AC3 was a new generation of home theater multi-channel digital audio system developed by Dolby Company. Actually, it usually appears in the format of DVD video, whose suffix is vob. What’s more, the sampling rate of AC3 is 48 khz, code rate generally 192 Kbps to 384 kbps, voice channel two or six channels. It is a kind of audio decoding with 5.1 channel, which is known as Dolby Surround. Maybe you’ll ask what kind of machine it can be played? As a matter of fact, it can be played in ordinary DVD players. Sounds great, isn’t it? However, some of us may come across a plenty of problems when playing AC3, and today I will show you some AC3 Players both for Windows and Mac systems and how to play AC3 without an effort.


Part 2: 3 Best AC3 Players for Windows User

No.1 Leawo Blu-ray Player

The first AC3 Player for Windows system will be strongly recommended is Leawo Blu-ray Player for sure. As an all-in-one comprehensive media player, Leawo Blu-ray Player can provide comprehensive solutions for you to play back Blu-ray, DVD, ISO files, common video, HD video and audio files on Windows. It could play audios in AAC, AC3, MP3, M4A, etc. in lossless quality. It even supports to play back DTS-5.1 audio, which can provide excellent audio experience. Its user-friendly media player control can enhance the user’s experience. With the advanced audio technology, AC3 files can be fully reflected, which can bring you the cinema-like video and audio experience. One of the most attractive is that Leawo Blu-ray Player is totally free. So, don’t hesitate and have a try! You will discover a wonderful and colourful world that Leawo Blu-ray Player brings to you.

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No.2 KM Player

KM Player has been widely known as one of the best video player software programs. It can be enhanced by adding the third-party plug-ins and decoders, which can better support and play back various popular videos and HDTV. What’s more, it supports the overwhelming majority of media software playback, namely, AC3, DTS, Xvid, DivX, 3vid, H264 OGG, OGM, MKV, and so on. As for the advantages KM Player, KMplayer’s ads-free and third-party plug-in features make it more and more popular. At the same time, due to its various powerful functions, there is no need to install a bunch of other transcoding programs, which can help you play video and audio files of multiple formats. KM Player is suitable for Win7/Win8/Vista/Win2003, etc.


No3. BS Player

BS Player is another free video player for your Windows system, and it can support Windows running system from Window XP and to the latest Windows version. BS Player supports hardware-accelerated video decoding, automatic subtitle search and buffered network playback from SMB shares. All of these features are quite attractive to most movie lovers. The supported format of BS Player covers a wide range, such as DTS, Dolby Surround, Dolby digital DD 5.1 – AC3, aif, ram, wma, flv (Flash and YouTube Video) and much more. BS Player has three dominant key features. Firstly, it is capable of playback of multiple file formats. Secondly, it can work with subtitles. Thirdly, BS Player has a simple-to-navigate interface. All these wonderful features make BS Player a well-functioned player that you must own!

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Part 3: 3 Best AC3 Players for Mac User

No.1 Leawo Blu-ray Player

Leawo Free Blu-ray Player for Mac offers comprehensive solutions for you to play all kinds of media files on Mac computer, be it iMac or MacBook, with high quality on image and audio. Originally tailored for Blu-ray content playback, this Blu-ray player software for Mac supports playback of Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray folder and Blu-ray ISO image file input. Besides, it is compatible with DVD content playback, which means it can be regarded as a free DVD player program for Mac, and accepts DVD counterparts including DVD disc, DVD folder, and DVD ISO image file.

Furthermore, this free Blu-ray player program for Mac can play video files and audio files. As for audio files, Leawo Blu-ray Player for Mac supports AAC, AC3, APE, DTS, FLAC, OGG, TTA and so on. And one thing should not be missed is that it is also a region-free Blu-ray and DVD player which can play Blu-ray and DVD from all regions and countries.

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No.2 5KPlayer

Another AC3 Player for Mac that I want to share is 5KPlayer, which is a very powerful video player on Mac system. Reliable as it is, 5KPlayer – a high quality free music player, is the key to free play and download music from Soundcloud, Pandora, Spotify, Last.fm and Mixcould on your Mac, be it in MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, M4A, FLAC, or OGG format. Just try this robust music player on Mac to hear the world’s sounds!

As for the pros, 5KPlayer is a cross-platform video music player software with a razor-sharp focus on high quality music playback. What’s more, it supports all music formats like MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, etc. Besides, this player gives you the chance to download unlimited music from 300+ sites and listen offline. Also, it is welcomed by most of us adults because it is 100% safe and we can easily use it with no ads or spyware. It is said that this 5KPlayer is the one that makes your daily life more convenient.

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No.3 Cisdem Video Player

Finally I want to recommend another AC3 player for Mac, whose name is Cisdem Video Player. It is one of the best video players and audio players for mac, which supports a large number of formats without the need to install additional codec and plug-in. With its impressive lists of supported formats, perfect HD playback experience and less daunting interface, Cisdem Video Player is deeply appreciated by many users.

Many audio files are supported like ac3, mka, ape, flac, wav, ogg, aac and so on. What’s more, if you own a Mac system of macOS 10.10, it runs better. By the way, the feature of ads-free makes this player more brief and attractive. If you are considering choosing a suitable and well-functioned AC3 player, it is one of your solid choices.

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Part 4: How to Play AC3 Files on PC

Although it sounds great when with these AC3 players at hand, many of us may ask how to operate these players. Don’t worry, in this part, I will show you how to play AC3 files on your computer, with one of the best AC3 player programs–Leawo Blu-ray Player. Just read the following steps and you will save much time to learn how to enjoy a wonderful audio experience.

Step 1: Firstly, install Leawo Blu-ray Player on your PC. You can go to the main page of Leawo Blu-ray Player and download and install the software on your computer.

Step 2: When you have opened the application, just click on the green “Open File” button to open your AC3 files. Or you can directly drag the AC3 files that you would like to play into the program interface.

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Step 3: You are also free to do some subtitle settings on Leawo Blu-ray Player. For entering the subtitles panel, you can right-click on the main interface during playback and then choose the “Subtitles…” option.


Step 4: You can also set video parameters based on your preference. To access this video setting panel, right-click anywhere on the interface and select instantly the “Video…” option.


Step 5: Meanwhile, it is very simple to make changes to the audio settings. Just right click on the interface again and choose the “Audio…” choice. Users are free to adjust audio volume, volume amplification, audio offset, audio stream, audio output,audio output device and Set as default for all videos.

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Part 5: Conclusion

After hearing what I have mentioned above, I believe you have a brief understanding of how to play AC3 audio files on Windows or Mac system? Actually, there are many AC3 players on the digital market and you always can find the most suitable one for yourself. Leawo Blu-ray Player may be one of the AC3 players that you would like to try for free.

If you are interested in Leawo Blu-ray player and want to have a further understanding about this powerful player, you can go to the local website of Leawo Blu-ray player, where you can learn more about the audio player such as how to set Leawo Free Blu-ray Player. And if you are unfamiliar with the steps of how to use AC3 files in your PC, just follow the steps I have mentioned or to enter the website, I believe you can handle it with ease.