Quote Hugh Robjohns:Quote Rob456:
Its like Dither. No one can actually hear it doing a damn thing yet some will say I prefer Dither mode fantasy 3 for its deep wide analog style sound. Do you hear Dither working when truncating a 24 bit file to 16 Desmond?
I don't know about Desmond, but I have certainly heard differences when switching between different dither algorithms -- the results are very dependent on the material being processed: some makes the differences far more audible than others.
'Hoping that this is not a complete hijack, but since the subject is already under discussion:
My impression is that dither is supposed to be sufficiently randomized that it has no effect on program material. Is that correct, or "not really"? If dither algorithms can so change a sound, it's hard to believe that dither does not distort the program material, and is this always better than "self dither" + truncation?
I, too, hear the difference that different dither types produce, and it bothers me that dither often seems more like a wild card than a transparent necessity.
EDIT: Sorry if the quote level is off-I worked on it but .......