- Feb 5, 2019
DidBd you miss the part about pausing the music and cranking up the gain? Lack of dither wouldn't affect silence.
Perhaps I missed something said by the OP.
Anyway, adding dither with a triangular processing will add noise way below -96 dB so I don't understand how someone would notice it. On the other hand, converting from 24bit to 16bit with noise shaping can give artefacts in the audible band, though very high, at 16 kHz or so. It can be heard more easily since it can be at -80dB or so. But it doesn't sound like a pink noise, it sounds like high pitched noises when you hear them. With bad amp/speaker, those can create IMD down the chain and become very audible. For instance, I can hear such things with PC speakers, but not with Aria 906 powered by an Ncore amp.
Sticking to 24bit is the way to go anyway.