What is the best WAV encoding and why?



Asked by: Jerry Byerly

Which is the best encoding for WAV?





WAV 16-bit PCM is eminently suitable whenever you want to burn your exported file to an audio CD. WAV (Microsoft) signed 24-bit PCM No options for this format: 24-bit PCM gives higher quality than 16-bit PCM, but takes up more space.

What encoding is a WAV file?

What Is the WAV Audio File Format? A WAV file is a lossless audio format that does not compress the original analog audio recording from which it is derived. Microsoft and IBM pioneered the Waveform audio file format, and it is now widely used by digital music companies around the world.

What is a high quality WAV file?

WAV files for TV, radio, DVD or any other media requiring top uncompromised audio quality. WAV files are lossless, uncompressed, broadcast CD quality music files. WAV files are also the right choice for loops to be processed with Flash for web animations.

What encoding is WAV in Audacity?

When you Export from Audacity, the audio data is encoded into the required format. Encoding to WAV format is “lossless“; that is, the encoding is (virtually) perfect.

Which audio quality is the best?





The highest quality MP3 has a bitrate of 320kbps, whereas a 24-bit/192kHz file has a data rate of 9216kbps. Music CDs are 1411kbps.

Why is WAV the best audio format?

WAV (hi-res): The standard format in which all CDs are encoded. Great sound quality but it’s uncompressed, meaning huge file sizes (especially for hi-res files).

What is the difference between WAV 16-bit and 32 bit?

The only real difference between 16, 24 and 32 bit audio is the dynamic range. A 16, 24, or 32 bit audio file will not capture any “extra” frequencies or produce something that sounds more “3D”. Bit depth just determines the noise floor of the audio file.

How do I check the encoding of a WAV file?

Checking the file format and bit rate of an audio file

  1. Right-click the file then select Properties.
  2. Under the General Tab, the file format would be the value for Type of File.
  3. To check the bit rate, click the Summary Tab.
  4. Click the Advanced button if it’s showing.

What encoding should I use for Audacity?

Audacity uses LAME for encoding MP3s, which is generally considered to be the best MP3 encoding library, and is the only MP3 encoding library that is still being actively developed. Also accessed by: File > Export > Export Multiple… then choosing MP3 Files from the Save as type dropdown menu.



How do I export high quality audio from Audacity?

To do so:

  1. Open Audacity.
  2. Click Edit (Windows) or Audacity (Mac)
  3. Click Preferences… in the drop-down menu.
  4. Click the Quality tab.
  5. Click the “Default Sample Rate” drop-down box, then click 48000 Hz.
  6. Click the “Sample Rate Converter” drop-down box, then click Best Quality (Slowest)
  7. Click OK (Windows only).


How do I change the bit rate of a WAV file?

In the General Preferences tab, click on Import Settings, located towards the bottom. Click on the menu next to Import Using > WAV Encoder. Then click to change Setting > Custom and a new window will open. In the WAV Encoder window, change the Sample Rate to 44.100 kHz and Sample Size to 16-bit.



How do I export a WAV file?

First make sure your timeline is selected then press command or control m to open the export. Dialog from the format drop-down.

Is WAV better than MP3?

In general, WAV files are better quality than MP3 files, but this isn’t always the case if the WAV file has been compressed. A lossless WAV file is always best for recording and for carrying high-quality audio files. MP3 files are not bad quality but WAV is more elite.

How do I convert a WAV file to 8-bit?

Go to File > Export Audio… Choose Other uncompressed files. Choose WAV (Microsoft) header. Choose “U-Law” Encoding (this sets 8-bit, and 8 kHz).

How do I Export lossless From Audacity?

Accessed by: File > Export > Export Audio… then choosing FLAC Files from the Save as type dropdown menu. Also accessed by: File > Export > Export Multiple… then choosing FLAC Files from the Save as type dropdown menu. In this case the options dialog will appear in the center of the Export Multiple dialog.



Is WAV lossless?

WAV uses PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) to encode the data by slicing it into small chunks to provide the highest quality possible. It’s a lossless file format, meaning that there is no data loss whatsoever.

Which is better WAV or FLAC?

There is no difference between FLAC and WAV in terms of audio quality since both are lossless audio formats. Because FLAC files are compressed in contradiction to uncompressed WAV files, they are a better option for storing music. WAV files, on the other hand, are usually better for editing audio.