How to differentiate audio formats

rothandmyers September 20, 2019 0 comments

Maybe you are familiar with audio systems, with the differences between different audio types and everything related to the world of sound. But if that’s not your case, you are in the right place.

You have probably read an infinite number of times abbreviations like MP3, but do you really know the characteristics of that type of audio file?

Broadly speaking, you should know that the differences between formats are based on the sound quality offered by one or the other.

Each one was created with a purpose and, also, at a different epoch, which marked the audio quality of each one. It could be something like comparing the sound quality of a turntable to the sound quality of a CD. They’re both different, aren’t they? However, although the first one may seem old-fashioned, it has its magic and, of course, is still an indispensable element in many houses today.

Next we will try to synthesize the differences between the most common, so you know what formats you can play on our devices. In fact, good speakers will get the full potential of each of the formats. So that you enjoy the best sound whatever the sound file in which you have stored your music.

However, we will give you much more information in the exclusive e-book that we have prepared for you and that you can download for free.

Audio formats

There are 3 large groups of audio formats:

  1. Uncompressed audio formats: This audio format retains the original sound quality, but takes up a lot of storage space.
  2. Lossless compressed audio formats: This audio format has been compressed so that it takes up less storage space but retains the original sound quality.
  3. Lossy compressed audio formats: This audio format has been compressed to take up less space but has also lost audio quality from the original.

Types of audio formats:

FLAC

It is the perfect format to reproduce audio without loss of quality reducing storage space.

ALAC

Developed by Apple, it also reduces the original audios without loss of quality, so you can enjoy the best sound.

APE

This audio format, also called Monkey’s Audio, keeps the original audio information intact in a smaller space.

MP3

Without a doubt, the most popular audio format. It drastically reduces the size of audio files, making it easy to store and use on the Internet, although it loses sound quality. Good speakers will reduce this loss so you won’t notice it.

WMA

Similar in quality to MP3, this type of audio format was developed by Microsoft. One of its differentiating features is that it allowed to protect the audio with licenses and copyrights to prevent copying. You will surely remember it.

AAC and AAC+

Another Apple format, this time intended for iPod and its iTunes software. It would be comparable to MP3, but because of its later development period, it offers a higher sound quality despite being a lossy audio format.

WAV

This is an uncompressed audio format that maintains the quality and size of the original file.

As you can see, there are many audio files that you can play on RÖTH & MYERS devices. Have you recognized any of them?

You may be interested to know that we have prepared a much more extensive e-book in which we explain many more details of each of the formats so that you can have more information and discover more differences between each of them.

 

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