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Your Guide to Audio Formats: MP3, WAV 24-Bit, and 32-Bit
Your Guide to Audio Formats: MP3, WAV 24-Bit, and 32-Bit

Understand the key differences between MP3 and WAV formats in 24-bit and 32-bit to maximize your listening experience.

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The Perfect Sound – Which Format Suits You Best?

1. MP3 – Compact and Compatible

MP3 is arguably the most well-known audio format, characterized by its file compression. This reduction in file size allows for easy handling and quick transfer of files. However, the compression results in a loss of sound quality, which can diminish the impact of the audio content. For everyday use on devices like PCs, Macs, MP3 players, smartphones, or tablets, MP3 files are quite adequate. They take up about 50 - 100 MB of storage space. Our Brainwave3D Premium App is also in MP3 quality.

2. WAV with 24 Bit – Fidelity for Enthusiasts

The 24-bit WAV format offers a good compromise if you're looking for high-quality sound fidelity without the extreme file sizes. With 7.4 million data units per second, it provides a significantly improved audio quality compared to MP3. These files are ideal if you have sufficient storage on your phone and seek a more intense sound experience. Ensure your playback device can handle 24-bit WAV files. These typically have a size of 1-2 GB.

3. WAV with 32 Bit – For the Ultimate Sound Impact

The 32-bit WAV format is the ultimate choice for those who want the absolute best in sound quality and depth of impact. With an impressive 4.5 billion data units per second, these files offer the highest resolution and thus the finest nuances in sound. To fully enjoy these files, you need specialized playback devices such as a HI-Res player or a 32-bit converter. A 32-bit WAV file requires about 4 GB of storage space.

Bonus: Video Explanation

For a visual explanation and deeper insights into the differences between audio formats, watch Marko's explanatory video – a clear and informative resource for those who want to learn more.

Final Tips:

  • Check Your Equipment: Not every device supports all audio formats. Find out if your playback device is compatible.

  • Consider Storage Needs: Higher bit rates mean larger files. Check if your device has enough storage space.

  • Test and Compare: There's no substitute for experience. Try different formats and discover what works best for you.

Should you have any further questions about audio formats or the optimal use of our frequencies, do not hesitate to contact us. We're here to ensure you have a flawless listening experience!


With this guide, we aim to help you choose the optimal audio format for your needs and achieve the best possible sound experience. Happy listening!

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