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What format should I audio be used in?

Jacob_
  • 37 months ago

My motherboard drivers page included an audio manager program called Realtek HD. As I look through the settings there is a tab called Default Format and It's at 16 Bits, 48000 Hz (DVD Quality). How do I know what it should be at or if this even matters? Sorry, I'm not an audiophile.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a recording engineer. I'll tell you right away that it doesn't really matter as a consumer. 16 Bits is referring to the bit depth, and 48000 Hz is referring to the resolution. When music is mastered and put on shelves or released as a digital download, it's generally formatted to 16 Bits, 44100 Hz, and for a movie on a DVD the format is 16 Bits, 48000 Hz. Some mainstream formats do go higher than these, but it's primarily a numbers game aimed to attract audiophiles. All in all, 16 Bits, 48000 Hz or anything more is plenty for everyday media consumption.

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