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Oct
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comment What are the advantages of WAV vs. MP3?
@Charles I understand this is a simplification. I think that it would be better to explain an accurate simplification, that's all. When I explain this to musicians, I often talk about how some sounds are masked by louder sounds and how MP3 will use this masking to remove some of the sound. They usually understand that example.
Oct
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comment What are the advantages of WAV vs. MP3?
See also: sound.stackexchange.com/a/30401/7209 sound.stackexchange.com/a/25946/7209
Oct
14
comment What are the advantages of WAV vs. MP3?
Your comment about throwing out sample 6T would be accurate if you were talking about differential PCM. MP3 doesn't work like this at all. The fundamental difference is that MP3 works in the frequency domain and not in the time domain. We actually perceive sound in the frequency domain, so by converting the sampled sound there, the algorithms for removing sound information that we are less likely to perceive can do their work.
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