Hugh Robjohns wrote:I think Sony/Philips decision to provide a 16-bit format with a 90-ish dB signal-noise range in the CD format is absolutely spot on... It's very sad that it's almost never been used sensibly. ... although there is still time... :lol:
Working with a nominal (average) level of -20dBFS -- as Sony originally intended -- still leaves the noise floor 70dB or so further down -- and probably 20-30dB below the quietest bits of music -- and thus the noise floor remains inaudible in all normal home setups, yet the system is still capable of a healthy 20dB headroom for the peak transients when required.
A slightly higher sampling rate would have been better and 60kHz would have been perfect for everyone's needs... but, sadly, the technology wasn't quite ready for that when they wanted to launch the format.
"Only arskin" But does the final sampling rate matter Hugh for a read only product? So long of course it is 20kHz capable. Surely 60kHz would have reduced playing time a fair chunk?