Old 4th April 2005, 23:21   #1
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About CD Audio encoding...

It is my understanding that on a CD every sample of audio is recorded using a 16 bit string of data. Also that this number recorded symolises the amplitude of the wave at that point. There is one thing I do not understand...

There are equal number of positive amplitudes possible as there are negative, and there is also the possibility of zero. That leaves us with an odd number of possible amplitudes yet 2^16 is an even number. What do the left-over bit sequences represent?
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Old 5th April 2005, 03:58   #2
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There's a parity bit.

even number of bits + even number of bits + 0 + one parity bit = an even number of bits (i.e., 2^16)

(This is the simple explanation...there's a lot more to it than that, with control bits, synch bits, etc. More info....)

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Old 5th April 2005, 07:15   #3
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