• MP3 vs WAV

    WAV or MP3: Most of you can’t hear the difference

    It’s got to be one of the most talked about topics in the world of audiophilia: can you hear the difference between MP3 and WAV? We wanted to definitively know as well, so we conconcted a little test to find out, and many of you have participated, listening to the differences — if there are …

  • From DSD to Download: A deep dive into sample rate conversion

    At TRPTK, we generally record our artists’ performances in DSD256 for its natural sound quality, specifically with our Merging Technologies Hapi MkII A/D-converters. Since processing in DSD is a very difficult and impractical process, the DSD signal is then converted into PCM, and more specifically, 352.8kHz 64bit floating point. Once in the territory of PCM, …

  • From DSD to Download: A closer look at resolution

    Welcome to an exploration of the world of audio mastering, where we scrutinize sound quality, valuing every subtle nuance. I’m Thijs Muijs, the latest addition to the TRPTK team, and I invite you to join me as we delve into the process of transforming our original DSD recordings into pristine high-resolution and spatial audio downloads, …

  • WAV Formats Explained

    One WAV or the other (WAV formats explained)

    There’s no audio format simpler than good old WAV. Right? Well, it’s more complicated than you think, and today we want to include you in our journey of discovering what exactly WAV entails, how two WAV files can be vastly different, and even why some WAV files just don’t get recognised by your playback software. …

  • TRPTK Cable Comparison 2023

    Do cables make a difference? Depends on who you ask

    A short little while ago, we asked you to listen to a couple of samples recorded using different (analogue) microphone cables and fill out a form describing whether you hear a difference, and if so, what that difference entails. All this to, hopefully for once and for all, settle the age-old argument: do audio cables …

  • Spatial Audio Formats - Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D - TRPTK

    How to play Spatial Audio Downloads (Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D or Discrete DXD)

    I think we can all agree that Spatial Audio is the final frontier when it comes to enjoying acoustic music, such as classical or contemporary classical music. Creating a holographic “image” with the musicians almost palpably in front of you, with the immersive acoustics of the recording venue all around it, all blended together to …

  • TRPTK Cable Comparison

    Do cables really make a difference? Try it out yourself!

    If you read this blog, you probably already know we have some pretty wild stuff in our studio — high-end boutique microphones, ultra-linear preamplifiers, a 5.1.4-channel system with high-end loudspeakers and amplification, and, perhaps controversially, really expensive cables. Some say there’s no difference at all between a high-end cable and a coat hanger, some say …

  • Lower Resolution, Better Sound Quality?

    In our never-ending quest for the ultimate sound quality, we have been looking for tools and techniques that help us get precisely there. And today, let me tell you the story of how we ended up changing our entire production chain to provide you with better quality music whilst lowering our overall resolution. From 24bit …

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