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Subject: Re: 16/24bit?

Re: 16/24bit?

From: Pieter Bos <>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 15:23:14 +0200

I doubt the archos can produce 24-bit accuracy, both in mp3 decoder and D/A
converter. I've been told the mp3 format does allow 24 bit signals to be
encoded and also decoded. Most decoders don't do more than 16-bit decoding
and i have no idea how much detail is kept.

Probably switching to a soundcard with a digital input and transferring your
minidisc output in that way is the best way to improve the quality of your
recordings. On the archos too, as you allways loose some quality when
converting from digital to analog to digital, which you're effectively doing
when connecting the line out of your minidisc to the line in of your pc.


"Dave Hooper" <> wrote in message
> If you have an digital (i.e. optical or coax) output on your minidisc
> player and the same kind of input on your soundcard then it could be
> advantageous to recor
> d digitally to capture the 24 bit data and encode to an appropriate format
> (although i don't know what formats support 24 bit data)
> otherwise if you're recording via analog you might as well stick with 16
> bit using your current soundcard.
> Also, in my experience, minidisc compression is worse quality than mp3
> anyway - i doubt 24 bits make any audible difference...
> ------- Original message -------
> From: David Pedersen <>
> Sent: 12.9.'06, 16:46
>> Sorry, this migh be a silly question:
>> I have approx. 200 MiniDiscs, filled with recordings. I now want to
>> transfer
>> them into my Archos. The miniDiscs are mainly recorded with 24bit
>> technology. My soundCard on the computer only supports 16bit. Ok, I know,
>> that it is no problem to record the 24bit discs with my 16bit soundcard,
>> as
>> I already have done so, in several cases; and then turn the whole thing
>> into
>> MP3. But my question is:
>> Would I have any benefit of getting a 24bit soundcard for the
>> computer?
>> Does the MP3 technology care for 24bit? And will the RB/Archos give me
>> better sound with the 24bits?
>> David
>> Archos JBR v1, RB2.5
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Received on 2006-09-13

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