Audio Myths - The Ultimate

Audio Myths - The Ultimate "Myth Buster" Video - Monty Montgomery, Xiph.Org

by John Siau March 14, 2017

Digital Show & Tell, Monty Montgomery, Xiph.org

Monty Montgomery takes us into the lab and uses a series of simple demonstrations to bust some very common myths about digital audio. Test your knowledge of digital audio. This video is fun to watch and easy to understand! Monty takes some difficult concepts and demonstrates them in a clear and simple manner.

Have doubts about Nyquist? Have a fear of stairsteps? Are you worried about ringing? Ever wonder what digital audio does to the timing of transients? This video is for you!

Myth- "Digital audio has stairsteps." 

Myth- "Increased bit depths reduce the stairsteps." 

Myth- "Analog tape has more resolution than digital audio." 

Myth- "Dither masks quantization noise." 

Myth- "Signals lower than one LSB cannot be reproduced." 

Myth- "Digital filters make square waves and impulses ring." 

Myth- "Digital systems cannot resolve timing between samples."

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High-Resolution Audio - Bit Depth

High-Resolution Audio - Bit Depth

by John Siau February 24, 2015

Bit Depth

We now have 16-bit CDs and 24-bit high-resolution recordings available to us. What are the advantages of a24-bitword length? Are 24-bit recordings better? How many bits do we really need?

Bit depth (also known as word length) indicates how many bits are used to represent each sample in a digital sampling system. Each sample is a snapshot of a signal or voltage at an instant in time. The CD uses 16 bits to represent the voltage of an audio waveform at each instant in time. Other digital audio systems use different bit depths ranging from 1 to 64 bits. It is important to understand the relationship between bit depth and audio quality. The bit depth sets ...

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The Unique Evils of Digital Audio and How to Defeat Them

The Unique Evils of Digital Audio and How to Defeat Them

by John Siau August 25, 2010

Eliminating Digital Artifacts

  • Is digital audio fundamentally flawed?
  • Have we followed the wrong path since the introduction of the CD in 1982?
  • Should we go back to analog audio systems?
  • Has anything improved since 1982?
  • How good can digital audio get?

To answer these questions, we will look at the root causes of distortion and noise in digital systems. We will examine how these differ from the distortion and noise in analog systems. Most importantly, we will look at the effectiveness of today’s solutions to these digital problems.

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Word-Length Reduction of Digital Audio

Word-Length Reduction of Digital Audio

by John Siau November 19, 1999

Benchmark NN™ and NS™ Word Length Reduction Systems

The AD2404-96 and the  SONIC AD2K+ are equipped with two state-of-the-art world-length reduction  systems: The Benchmark NN™ (Near Nyquist) system, and the Benchmark NS™ (Noise  Shaped) system. Unlike most competitive systems, the Benchmark NS™ system is  based upon the most current psycho-acoustic models. Furthermore, both Benchmark  systems are unique in that they were optimized while factoring in the noise  contribution of the recording environment.

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Aspects of Sampling, Oversampling, Quantisation, Dither and Noise-Shaping, as Applied to Digital Audio

Aspects of Sampling, Oversampling, Quantisation, Dither and Noise-Shaping, as Applied to Digital Audio

by Benchmark Media Systems November 30, 1994

By Christopher Hicks

"The aim of this article is to dispel as many of the myths surrounding the conversion of audio signals to the digital domain, and back to the analogue domain, as possible, without the aid of mathematics and (much more difficult) without the aid of diagrams."

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Copyright, Christopher Hicks, November 1994. V1.11

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