[flac-dev] Supporting 32 bit data

Pierre-Yves Thoulon pierre-yves.thoulon at centraliens.net
Sat Sep 26 01:38:53 PDT 2015

On Sat, Sep 26, 2015 at 10:36 AM, Martijn van Beurden <mvanb1 at gmail.com>

> > * This is nuts. 24 bits has a dynamic range of ~140dB which is roughly
> >    the difference between a quiet whisper in a quiet room, to the sound
> >    of a jet engine at 10 meters. Surely that is enough?
> Yes, this is nuts. First, 24-bit is already overkill, as there
> is no hardware (ADC or DAC) that can handle more than 120dB of
> dynamic range anyway. There probably never will be hardware that
> can handle the full 24 bits, because at this point that hardware
> is already pushing the boundary of thermal noise. Second, most
> 32-bit material is 32-bit float, and that is something the FLAC
> format can't handle. I really wonder why anyone would have
> 32-bit integer material anyway.

I second that...

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