TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Switch Sound Format Converter Plus, developed by NCH Swift Sound, is an excellent example of how to create comprehensive and functional software. It has a wide range of features and some of the best format compatibility of any audio converter software. As the overall best audio converter, Switch Plus earns the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.

Switch is just as useful for professionals that need to convert many songs into multiple formats as it is for the average person who knows they want to convert an AAC file to MP3. Switch is able to handle many different audio formats and has the largest selection of output formats of any program we reviewed. This makes it useful for many different situations and music players.

Overall, Switch really impressed us with its features, compatibility and price. And to top it all off, NCH Swift Sound also sells several add-on programs that can expand usability. With top marks in every category, Switch definitely gives you the most functionality for your money.

Features Set
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Switch sets the standard for audio converter features. It is able to convert audio tracks from CDs and video files in addition to doing regular audio file conversions. These capabilities make it perfect for converting your various audio files to the format you need. If you need a song or sound clip to use for a Powerpoint presentation, Switch Plus is perfect for you.

If you need to convert a bunch of files for a personal music library, Switch Plus is still a great choice because it can do batch conversions. Switch has a lot of options for changing the bit rate, sampling rate and audio channels for music files, allowing you to customize the file size and quality of your music. If you are converting music, Switch is also useful because it allows you to edit and input audio tags, the information like artist, album, song name that is attached to a file.

Switch supports command line functionality, which makes it perfect for professionals and audio enthusiasts since it can be integrated into larger systems for professional use and complex projects.

Input/Output
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While Switch doesn’t have the longest list of compatible formats, it’s no slacker either. This program can handle 32 different audio formats. It's simple to convert MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, FLAC, OGG and more.

One of the most impressive things about Switch is the number of output formats that the program supports. In addition to the common formats, such as MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC and OGG, Switch also supports less common formats, like AU, RAW, AIFF, GSM and MP2. Switch can convert to a total of 19 formats in all. This makes Switch perfect for special cases when you want more than a simple MP3 converter.

Ease of Use
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Switch is very simple to use. Conversions can be done in batches or singly by adding files to the menu and designating the destination for the new file. We also liked that the output options were close by instead of being buried in menus at the top of the screen like many programs do.

One of the best features in Switch is the ability to configure the right-click option on your mouse to perform specific functions. This hotkey function makes it quick and easy to convert files from the File Explorer window or do other tasks with a single click.

 

Help/Support
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Switch has some of the most comprehensive FAQs and manuals of any product we reviewed. It was really nice to be able to find answers without talking to customer service reps. But if you do have bigger problems, NCH Swift Sound provides email support and user forums.

Switch Plus Summary:
9.9/10

Switch Plus has all the functionality and compatibility you’ll ever need, and it’s one of the cheapest programs of the bunch. It’s easily the best buy in audio converters.

 
 
 

Switch Plus 1.30

Pros
Switch Plus supports more than 30 audio file input formats.

Cons
NCH could improve their support offerings.

The Verdict
: 9.88/10

NCH Switch Plus is the most comprehensive and overall best audio converter software.