6db of Dyamic Range.....make that much difference?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by rkruz, Apr 20, 2005.

  1. rkruz

    rkruz Guest

    If two almost identically functioned Audio interfaces have 107 and 113db dynamic range respectively, is that going to make a difference for the home recording setup?

    Im comparing the ESP1010 and Layla 3G. Layla has 113db range. I got ESI feedback from my query to them that their unit is 107db and is measured equivalently as to how the Layla is spec'....so its apples to apples comparison. The $ difference is $100 less for ESP1010.

    It seems to me then that it boils down to paying $100 for 1 bit of improvement for Layla3G. You think thats worth it? $319 vs $414.

    Thanks for the input.
  2. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    If that is the only difference, it will not be noticable even in most pro studios. A very low-noise room may be 30dB noise level, and 107 dB on top of that gives 137 dB. Up til recently it was more or less impossible to even buy things with 107dB dynamic range. For example, no tape recorder I have ever heard of has that much range.

    But dynamic range is rather easy to measure in a standard way. What is not as easy to measure is the "sound" of the equipment. So don´t care too much about measured values, use your ears instead.


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