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"Dithering" over reducing the bitrates of my collection, Should i reduce my 24/96 surround material to 16/44.1?
BearcatSandor
post May 2 2012, 09:27
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Folks,

I've got quite a bit of 24/96 material on my computer that is in 5.1 surround. Given that most of us accept it as true that 16/44.1 vs 24/96 makes no audiable difference, is there any reason not to dither these files down to 16/44.1 in 5.1 channels?

It would save me disc space, reduce my network activity and also reduce my CPUs cock cycles.

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dhromed
post May 2 2012, 11:06
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QUOTE (BearcatSandor @ May 2 2012, 09:27) *
It would save me disc space


Maybe. Probably not much. Test some files with wildly different aural densities (think prog metal versus minimal electronica) and see if the average percentage is worth it.

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I got the impression that you have a few dollars to spare, so instead of wondering about file quality versus size, just sidestep the issue and add a multi-terabyte hard drive. That's wht I did and it's the greatest decision I ever made. You can't buy peace of mind for less.

QUOTE (BearcatSandor @ May 2 2012, 09:27) *
reduce my network activity

Barely.

QUOTE (BearcatSandor @ May 2 2012, 09:27) *
reduce my CPUs cock cycles.

Barely.

Also Freudian slip? emot-toot.gif


Generally, for any desktop computer since '95, playing music is a lightweight operation.

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Nessuno
post May 2 2012, 11:41
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QUOTE (dhromed @ May 2 2012, 12:06) *
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I got the impression that you have a few dollars to spare, so instead of wondering about file quality versus size, just sidestep the issue and add a multi-terabyte hard drive. That's wht I did and it's the greatest decision I ever made. You can't buy peace of mind for less.

When thinking about disk space and just for peace of mind, remember to always think twice (at least, and physically separate)! wink.gif


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