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I keep seeing these fantastic audiophile headphones and amplifiers popping up. Where are their inputs coming from? Who produces audio of sufficient quality to benefit from these, and what formats does it come in?
Even pretty basic dacs have distortion well below what the best headphones are capable of. I have not seen any dacs that are anywhere near what this amp does, though. A good 24-bit dac has around 20 bits actual resolution. Considering the noise floor of recording studios is something like -70dBfs, well-mastered 16bit files are more than sufficient.
Thank you. That gives me a better idea of what I'm looking at here.
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Thanks for the advice. I'm not actually looking to buy one, though.
My question was out of technical curiosity, because I wondered if there were any commonly available sound sources or formats that would be able to take full advantage of the capabilities of these amplifiers.
I didn't know if, say a digitally recorded CD could meet or exceed the noise and distortion levels available in these amps, or even a digitally remastered analog recording.
It's only idle curiosity sparked by the amazing capabilities of these amps.
That's entirely debatable.... the answer would be both yes and no.
Because it would depend on what its compared against, and it would depend on what the music was made with and what gear recorded it and what quality of recording. What quality of playback, what platform you played it back with and what headphones/speakers you are using to play it.
True. I should have realised there would be no simple answers. :)
I feel like it really doesn't matter what recording equipment is used (for this discussion, anyway), because by the time you get everything connected and recording at an adequate level, the noise floor is well above what 16/44 can provide (-96dBfs). Transducers on both ends are vastly inferior to everything in between, and even then the noise floor is an issue except in ideal conditions (which I for one do not have access to).