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What are 24 Bit WAV files?

DM October 16, 2011

Selected titles on the store are available in 24 Bit wav.

These can be found in a group here https://bleep.com/stream/24-bit+wavs

We do not encode the 24 bit from a lower quality file the 24 bit WAV is produced in the Mastering of the release and is the highest quality we can provide. All 24 bit WAV are 24bit/44.1kHz. Please be aware the file size is considerably larger than the 16 bit version and there will be compatibility issues with some music players. (24 bit – 1.06gb / 16 bit – 720mb) 

****24 bit Wav files will not play and may cause problems with earlier generation iPods and some other MP3 players. In addition some software media players including Windows Media Player will not support this format unless the appropriate codec is installed. The 24 bit file can be converted to a lower quality version that will be universally playable using any audio file editor such as Audacity.

 

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kevin gonzalez

Do consumers really benefit from 24-bit files?

November 12, 2012 18:55
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Bruce Tennant

Yes. The sound is noticeably better.

November 17, 2012 02:21
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Richard Clark

16 bit audio is plenty sufficient to cover the dynamic range of the human ear. 24 bit audio only really gives any benefit during production and recording but NOT PLAYBACK as it gives you more headroom for noise floor etc. Anyone who tells you any different either doesn't understand how digital audio works or is trying to sell you something in the name of pseudoscience and factoids whilst exploiting the fact that you don't know how digital audio works. Try a (genuine) double blind test a 44.1khz/16 bit audio file and an 44.1khz/24 bit file and see for for yourself.

November 23, 2012 20:40
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Matthew

If you play a 24bit file on blu-ray player, through a receiver that has a 24bit D/A converter, I would like to debate that even the common listener would hear a difference. I am extremely new to higher bit digital music, but I do have a seasoned ear. Any knowledge is appreciated as this is my favorite new subject.

February 09, 2013 04:13
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JB Liguori

I have wav files of Red Hot Chili Peppers of Mother's Milk in 16/44 and 24/192 and you can clearly perceive a difference is like more vivid, more detail and bigger soundstage.

I have some DSD64 and DS128 and I'm looking to get the same in 16/44 or a CD and rip it to check if there is a difference.

Here the associated equipment

Auralic Vega DAC

Wyred 4 sound monoblocks

MIT XLR cables

Bybee speaker bullet cables

Synergistic Research USB cable

Shunyata power cables

June 17, 2013 16:49
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JB Liguori

Converted 16/44 and 24/192 files to DSD-128 using Korg Audiogate software: outstanding and big sound, the difference between wav and DSD file is huge.  Wish websites start offering more DSD downloads.   JRiver 19 will offer on the fly conversion of files to DSD-128 before playing the file, check it out, you must have a DSD capable DAC. 

August 12, 2013 20:48
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Alistair Wyatt

Hi,

Are all the wav files 24bit or just the files in the link above?

Also what sample rate are the files?

 

August 28, 2013 00:30
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