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Offline AfterMidnight

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24 bit what's the deal?
« on: March 08, 2007, 11:51:51 AM »
What the deal with the 24 bit recordings? Can you really hear the sound difference in the two? If so how is it different from 16 bit? Any help is great!

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Re: 24 bit what's the deal?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2007, 12:59:48 PM »

The most analogous (get it!) comparison to the analog world would be dynamic range.

Each bit is a binary number, so with 16 bit audio you have 16 levels of binary numbers, I'm not going to do the math right now but that's like 65,000-something binary levels.

At 24 bit you expand that to have 24 levels of binary numbers, which becomes something like 16,000,000-something binary levels.

So you're looking at greatly increasing the accuracy of the sampled data.

With a nice setup and 24-bit soundcard you should be able to hear a difference.


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Re: 24 bit what's the deal?
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2007, 01:12:38 PM »
So even if I burn it out o a DVD and play it in a DVD-A player Ishould be able to hear the difference?

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Re: 24 bit what's the deal?
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2007, 01:40:31 PM »

Speakers, listening environment and your level of hearing damage notwithstanding, yes.