So this causes volume loss?
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It depends on where they put all the zeroes...
It doesn't inherently, but I suspect that someone who rips from vinyl is quite likely to give themselves plenty of headroom. At the end of the day, your volume is low almost certainly because the volume of the track is low. The X3 is quite capable of playing 24bit tracks as load as 16bit tracks if they are mastered at the same volume.
With all those spare bits you can probably do a volume normalisation of some kind without losing too much quality, if you want. Or you could ask for your money back for those tracks .
DAC = Digital Analogue Converter. It takes the discrete bits and converts them to a smooth waveform. The wikipedia article can tell you more:
I try not to bother at all with vinyl rips... I find them to have way too much noise, even after the click and pop software has been run on the files.
But that is me... YMMV
Many of the vinyl rips I downloaded do have more noise than their CD counterparts, but I feel I am not taking advantage of the X3. Maybe I will take your advice.
I'm not a fan of vinyl rips either, but you can still get hi-res files from digital sources. HDTracks probably supply quite a few to PB inadvertently. Or you could get them direct from HDTracks - but the choice is very limited if you aren't in the US.
I would search for some nice 24/96 digital versions to test out, There is a lot of great High-Rez audio on HDTracks.com, you should see if your supplier has any HDTracks samples...
Edit tjw321 is just too fast...
So, I'm guessing you guys stick with 16bit/44 rips then?
I see that we're thinking along the same lines here..
forgot to mention that even digital hi-res files can be pretty poor, too. They have been known to originate form the left and right channels of a 5( or more).1 recording. Don't give up if the first one you try doesn't sound great.