Some Ways for Storing Your Music

Music can be stored in a number of different formats. Most likely, you will purchase music from a CD. In that case you don’t need to do anything else unless you plan on streaming your audio. The CDs actually quite good format because it doesn’t use any audio compression which is used in other formats which could degrade the sound quality. However, it’s dynamic range is limited to about 96 dB theoretical. That is because a CD uses a 16-bit conversion. In practice, however, the dynamic range is closer to 90 dB. This takes into account noise and degradation which is caused by converter circuits.

The super-audio CD, on the other hand, uses 24-bit conversion and can in theory achieve a 140 dB dynamic range. However, in practice converters don’t usually exceed 120 dB dynamic range. That means that some portion of the samples will actually go to waste. Also, modern CDs use a higher sampling rate …

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