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High Playback Sampling Frequencies, Why are they becoming popular?
icstm
post Feb 17 2012, 16:25
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OK, at the risk of sounding completely stupid?

Why do people listen to music with high sampling frequencies?
What is 88k+ providing them?
I understand why you might record at a high sampling rate, but why keep that for playback?

Looking through the FAQ, there are threads from 2003 that point out that the sampling frequency and bit-dept work in tandem. So the quantisation error of 16bit at 44.1k has the opportunity to be corrected sooner at a higher sampling rate, so in some ways is like a dithering pattern.

However given noise introduced in the analogue systems required to listen to music, a SNR within a 16bit signal of ~96dB seems pretty good.

So assuming that speakers struggle to produce the sounds that a 192k sampling frequency allow (eg 96kHz) and assuming that 16bits were sufficient when compared to the analogue equipment in the system, what have I missed in these high sampling playback formats?
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Bartholomew MacG...
post Feb 19 2012, 15:14
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I'm still confused as to why studios use really high sampling frequencies. I have a vague understanding of why higher bit depths might be needed for adujsting levels, but I don't get why they need higher sampling rates.
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QUOTE (Bartholomew MacGruber @ Feb 19 2012, 09:14) *
I'm still confused as to why studios use really high sampling frequencies. I have a vague understanding of why higher bit depths might be needed for adujsting levels, but I don't get why they need higher sampling rates.


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Walter_Odington
post Feb 20 2012, 00:52
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For producing sound/music then higher bit depths and sample rates can have advantages (and disadvantages).

- time stretch and other granular based pitch/time changes allow smaller grain size, and relatively smoother grain size resolution. A clearly audible difference can be heard here.

- signal processing at higher depth/resolution can preserve signals above above audible frequencies that will affect the sound at audible frequencies i.e. control signals may have less audible artefacts at hight depth/resolution. Simular to above.

- resampling to change pitch is a common process. Resampling at higher resolution will remain more faithful to the original, and sounds outside of the audible range may be transposed down whereas if sampled at 44.1 you may end up with dull sounds when pitched down (although, who knows what is up there!).

- Presumably higher bit depth give you more range to play with when recording. Someone may correct me on that one.

- Higher depth/resolution hardware tends to be more inaccurate, jitter etc.

- Processing overhead and disk space usage could be quite insane.
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Ron Jones
post Feb 20 2012, 03:37
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QUOTE (Walter_Odington @ Feb 19 2012, 16:52) *
Presumably higher bit depth give you more range to play with when recording. Someone may correct me on that one.

I'm not sure what you mean by "range". Are you referring to frequency response?

QUOTE (Walter_Odington @ Feb 19 2012, 16:52) *
Higher depth/resolution hardware tends to be more inaccurate, jitter etc.

Not to my knowledge. It's possible, certainly, that this statement is true in some cases. I don't believe there's a tendency for this to be the case. In many cases the same components responsible for clocking and converting 'high-res' audio are the same as the hardware you'll find in more limited devices: the latter devices often just don't expose the capabilities of the underlying hardware, for one reason or another.

QUOTE (Walter_Odington @ Feb 19 2012, 16:52) *
Processing overhead and disk space usage could be quite insane.

The increase in computational effort is generally negligible. As for disk usage, I suppose you could argue that, but you can also argue that the storage demands of 'high-res' audio is small potatoes compared to even compressed video or uncompressed imagery.

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