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Bit depth - Does it really matter?, Bit depth with WavPack
nazgulord
post Aug 29 2006, 04:09
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Hey guys,

I was just ripping my CDs to WavPack, and I noticed that in foobar2000, one can select "bit depth" for losssless conversions. It was set to 16 by default. Do I really need to set it any higher?

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nazgulord.

P.S. - Sorry if I posted this in the wrong forum - I was wondering whether to put it in General Audio or here...
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saratoga
post Aug 29 2006, 04:44
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QUOTE (nazgulord @ Aug 28 2006, 20:09) *
Hey guys,

I was just ripping my CDs to WavPack, and I noticed that in foobar2000, one can select "bit depth" for losssless conversions. It was set to 16 by default. Do I really need to set it any higher?


Lossless formats have an actual bitdepth associated with the encoded audio. Lossy formats do not (since the output bitdepth is decided by the decoder). You should select the "keep lossless sources at original bitdepth" option.
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db1989
post Aug 29 2006, 10:35
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CDs are 16-bit anyway; increasing bit-depth would not increase quality. Activate the option which Mike mentioned and you won't need to worry again. smile.gif
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nazgulord
post Aug 29 2006, 16:57
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Thanks guys biggrin.gif.

If CDs are only 16-bit, why is there an option for higher bit depths? huh.gif

Thanks,

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beto
post Aug 29 2006, 17:00
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CDs are not the only source you can encode with wavpack wink.gif


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nazgulord
post Aug 29 2006, 18:35
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So 32-bit would apply to, say, voice recordings?

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post Aug 29 2006, 18:49
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Voice samples used in speech synthesis / recognition / etc. tend to be 8 bit mono.


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post Aug 29 2006, 23:54
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beto is most likely referring to DVD-A and SACD
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