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In Reply to: RE: More Schiit reviews? Probably not... posted by Isaak J. Garvey on January 20, 2017 at 09:23:07
JA's measurements showed distortion of low level signals due to truncation of 24-bit signals to 20-bit ones - this was apparent in both the time domain and frequency domain. It is really a question of semantics - the DAC chips used are undoubtedly state-of-the-art for their intended purpose so the questions becomes, is the use of the word 'obsolete' in terms of applying a 20-bit converter to a world that moved to 24-bits some years ago inappropriate?
Anyway, the review was excellent and the measurements told the truth. The words 'cup' 'storm and 'tea' spring to mind.
Consider this, Herb R, who seems to be a babe in the woods when it comes to computer audio, and seems to be oblivious to Hi-Rez audio, only mentioned CD quality music only during the review. So what would 24 bits have to do with anything> Also consider that Stereophile, who have been wetting their trousers over MQA for a year now, is not 24 bits either.
Remember so called 24 bit dacs do not actually get 24 bit resolution. More like 20 to 21 bit, some even less. 24 bit is 144db signal to noise. Even the best studios can't get that. MQA files unfold to 24 bit. Don't know what true resolution is. I don't know why we worry about this stuff. To me it all sounds good, even 16/44
...they "unfold" to 24 bits but in the coding process it throws out bits....so those last 8 bits are so are nothing but dummy data.
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