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What is DTS 96/24 audio format?

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Digital sound is a complicated thing, and there are several different audio formats that enhance the audio experience you get according to the device you’re using to listen to said audio.

In this article, we’re talking about the DTS 96/24 audio format, what it does and how you can get the best sound out of this format.

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What is DTS 96/24?

DTS 96/24 is a part of the DTS family containing several different audio and surround sound formats. DTS 96/24 is more of an upscaled version of the DTS Digital Surround 5.1 format. Manufacturers will often include it on DVDs or set it as an alternate listing option on audio DVDs.

What it does is that it provides a higher audio resolution as compared to the usual DTS Digital Surround format. This format upscales audio to a 96 kHz sampling rate instead of the usual 48 kHz. DTS Digital Surround bit-depth is also upscaled to 24-bits from the usual 16-bits. 

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Most devices support DTS 96/24.

It has other benefits as well. In addition to increasing the audio resolution for surround sound, DTS 96/24 also helps in general music listening. It is burned on DVD or DVD audio discs compared to standard CDs, which have a 44 kHz/16-bit audio resolution. This is also the standard format for downloadable high-definition music. 

Listening to DTS 96/24

Most home theatre receivers can access DTS 96/24 content. Check for the DTS 96/24 icon on the front or top of the receiver or in the receiver’s audio setup to see if your device supports the format.

Even if your home theatre device isn’t compatible, you don’t need to worry much. Non-compatible devices will still be able to access the 48 kHz and 16-bit data on the soundtrack by default. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

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