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In this paper, feature extraction methods based on frequency-warped minimum variance distortionless response (MVDR) spectrum estimation are analyzed and tested. The effectiveness of the conventional FFT-based mel-frequency cepstrum coefficients (MFCC) and the MVDR-based features are carefully compared. Two normalization techniques are further applied to improve the robustness of the features: the widely used cepstral normalization (CN), and newly proposed progressive histogram equalization (PHEQ). Extensive experiments with respect to the AURORA2 database were performed. The results indicated that both the MVDR-based features and the normalization processes are very helpful.