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Subject: Re: Music - Do numbers matter?
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 13:19:30 +0000 (UTC)
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In sci.electronics.design James Llort wrote:
> I'm after a new sound system for my studio. I have very sensitive ears
> so sound quality is of the upmost importance. I mostly enjoy classical
> mustic, and I can hear the nasty 'stepping' on CD players as the
> wonderful sound is horribly broken up into chunks with the digital
> scheme. I'm guessing this is because my old system uses a duel "1 bit"
1 bit is not actually outputting only 2 levels, it uses two levels of
output which is then filtered to make the waveform that's wanted.
8 bits produces 256 levels.
> ADC. This brings me to my first question: How many bits can a human
> ear detect? I would have thought an 8 bit sound card from my old 286
> would offer better sound quality, but it is rather nasty I'm afraid.
The human ear can pick up around 120db of dynamic range (in a perfectly
> My 32 bit sound card isn't much chop either - I want a sound card to
> hook up to my new system to listen to my MP3's. I have looked but been
> unable to locate 128 bit soundcards - I guess companies like Creative
> only care out the 'leaded ear majority'. Does anyone know of an
> excellant sound card without digital stepping? I'd prefer an optical
> output of some sort to prevent phasing errors.
It sounds like you need to learn some basics first.
Optical output is pointless.
A 128 bit soundcard, if 0db(inaudible even in a quiet room) was set to be
1lsb, (at one meter) would at a billion billion billion billionth of
full power release as much energy as a supernova.
This is probably one reason why they are not available.
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