Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
It's not so much frequency response that is increased in the higher resolutions, it's more about dynamic range
. How much of the original wave form is reproduced.
Dan, dynamic range is entirely based on bit depth. 16 bits is actually enough resolution to push the noise floor below all audible thresholds, but 24-bit is still a nice insurance policy. S/N is 96db for 16 bits, 144db for 24 bits. When it comes to dynamic range, the bit rate
does not make any difference. However, if you cover DC to 20,000 Hz, you're good—so 48Khz is more than enough.
It's all too easy to attribute bad (or good) recording/mixing/mastering to the bitrate and bit depth, but it's almost never the case.Edited by imagic - 3/30/13 at 6:38am