PROS / This program can extract audio data from a number of different video file formats as well as rip CD-audio.
CONS / This was the slowest performing converter according to our testing.
VERDICT / Few audio converters have the conversion prowess of Xilisoft. On top of being powerful, it is also easy-to use, which makes this a desirable program for first time users.
Few audio converters can rip CD audio, extract audio data from videos and trim video files. Xilisoft Audio Converter – our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award winner – handles all of those tasks and then some. This audio converter program has more converting prowess than iTunes, and, like iTunes, works on both Mac and PC platforms. Xilisoft is a solid solution to your audio conversion needs.
Ease of Use
This music converter is the user-friendliest converter in our lineup. Xilisoft provides an ultra-intuitive layout, but also allows you to convert audio with minimal effort. It only takes a couple clicks of the mouse to change the bitrate, rip audio CDs and convert audio. We tested each program by calculating how many steps it took to achieve a variety of audio conversion processes, and Xilisoft takes out unnecessary steps so converting audio is simple, straightforward and efficient.
Xilisoft was our top performer in our first run of testing, but when it came to our file compression time test, it was the most underwhelming performer. Our test was to time how long it took to compress a 625MB WAV file to a 26MB MP3 file. We tested each music converter program using the same conversion setting and the same computer. This program took 2:53.5 seconds to compress our test audio file. The top performer in our lineup achieved the same feat in 40 seconds. Xilisoft was the only audio converter that took over two minutes to convert the file. If you end up compressing multiple large files, it will take much more time compressing files using this program than others in our lineup.
Audio Conversion Attributes
All audio converters should at least be able to convert audio files in batches and adjust the sample rate and bitrate of your audio before you begin your conversions. Only a handful of audio converters have normalization capabilities. Normalization adds a certain amount of gain to audio files to bring them up to normal volume levels. This feature can be useful when converting audio that was taken from older recordings such as LPs and cassettes. Xilisoft is one of the few audio converters that has normalization capabilities. Outside of that, you can also fade your audio in and out and add other effects to your audio using this program.
One of the benefits of using Xilisoft is its ability to extract the audio data from video files. We tested its ability to extract audio data from M4V, MOV, MP4, MPG and WMV. This program had no problems converting any of these formats. Other compatible video formats include AVI, AVCHD, AVC, MKV and others.
Xilisoft also has the ability to rip CD audio right into the converter's library. Only the top-performing audio conversion programs were able to convert all of our test video formats and rip CDs into the library. Ripping CDs can be useful if you have a large CD collection you want to compress so it can fit on your hard drive.
This converter is compatible with 18 different audio file formats and can convert files to 16 different output formats. This is the second-most output formats in our lineup and gives you an idea of this audio program's conversion versatility.
Help & Support
The Xilisoft website has a FAQs and tutorial section to walk you through the program. The FAQs section isn't extensive but is useful for answering a handful of questions you might have. You can reach the company via email, but there isn't a live chat option or telephone support available on the website. Xilisoft took a couple of days to respond to our inquiry. They answered our questions thoroughly, displaying satisfactory support.
You can download the software for free via the company website, but the free version has a three-minute limited conversion time. If you want fully functional, unlimited conversion power, you will have to purchase the full version of the software.
Xilisoft is one of the best-performing audio converters you'll find. It has the ability to convert video to audio files, rip audio from CDs and even add some effects to the audio. The interface is simple to use, although this converter is slower than all the others we tested. This software offers more conversion power than iTunes, and it outperforms most of the audio converters available today.