Digital audio is the result of sound reproduction, using pulse-code modulation a nd digital signals.

This includes analog-to-digital conversion (ADC), digital-to -analog conversion (DAC), storage, and transmission. In effect, the system commo nly referred to as digital is in fact a discrete-time[when defined as?], discret e-level[when defined as?] analog of a previous electrical analog[clarification n eeded]. While modern systems can be quite subtle in their methods, the primary u sefulness of a digital system is the ability to store, retrieve and transmit sig nals without any loss of quality. Contents [hide] 1 Overview of digital audio 1.1 Conversion process 2 History of digital audio use in commercial recording 3 Digital audio technologies 4 Digital audio interfaces 5 References 6 Notes 7 See also Overview of digital audio Sampling and 4-bit quantization of an analog signal (red) using Pulse-code modul ationDigital audio has emerged because of its usefulness in the recording, manip ulation, mass-production, and distribution of sound. Modern distribution of musi c across the Internet via on-line stores depends on digital recording and digita l compression algorithms. Distribution of audio as data files rather than as phy sical objects has significantly reduced the cost of distribution.

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