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Dynamic Range

Discussion in 'Audio Terms' started by audiokid, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Dynamic Range - The difference between the loudest and quietest signal levels in a system. In an audio device, usually the difference between the maximum output level and the residual noise floor. In a digital system, the available dynamic range is determined by the data resolution, about 6 dB per digital bit. Hence, a 16-bit system theoretically provides a 96 dB dynamic range.


    Dynamic Range (Acoustic) - The difference in decibel level between the loudest and the quietest sound produced by an instrument or sound source.


    Dynamic Range (Electronic) - The difference in decibel level between the noise floor of a signal and the clip ping level. When applied to a piece of gear, it refers to the amount of clear signal the unit is capable of processing.
     

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