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Author Topic: Can I use a lower bit D to A?  (Read 1797 times)

FOH1

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Can I use a lower bit D to A?
« on: November 14, 2005, 10:49:39 AM »

hello everybody, I am new here.

I have one question.  I have an older A to D and D to A converter, a Flying Cow 20 bit one.  Now I am using 24 bits to record.  But I don't want to throw away the 20 bit converter.

My question is, if I have already recorded through another converter at 24 bits, can I use the 20 bit one just for a D to A playback, and as  OK?

Is there a panelty for this?  Does it truncate something funny?

Thanks,

Colin
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Jon Hodgson

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Re: Can I use a lower bit D to A?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2005, 11:39:48 AM »

I can't really see a problem, 20 bits is 120dB, which means you can give yourself permanent hearing damage with the biggest signals whilst the smallest are on the threshold of hearing.

If you can, set your DAW to dither at 20 bits.

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Re: Can I use a lower bit D to A?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2005, 02:02:42 AM »

i monitor through an 18bit DAC

without dither
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