High-Resolution Silence

A commenter to this article, Classical Music Needs More Silence, pointed out that some people add silent files to playlists. I’ve been talking about this for years, and I provide links to a number of silent MP3 files.

But the commenter also said that many audiophiles would want their silent files to be high-resolution. As such, I’ve created a 10-second Apple Lossless file at 24-bit, 96 KHz. You can download the file here. It’s in a zip archive; just expand the archive, and you can have high-resolution silence in your playlists.

14 thoughts on “High-Resolution Silence

  1. Hey Kirk, thanks for the high resolution silent track. But I couldn’t help wondering how much self-control you had to muster, not to put at least a small ‘dig’ into the absurdness of 24 bit silence. Great tongue-in-cheek …

  2. Hey Kirk, thanks for the high resolution silent track. But I couldn’t help wondering how much self-control you had to muster, not to put at least a small ‘dig’ into the absurdness of 24 bit silence. Great tongue-in-cheek …

  3. Wow, Kirk! I too downloaded it. That is the best silence I never heard! It is also my first high-resolution track to boot. And it was all produced by you!

  4. Wow, Kirk! I too downloaded it. That is the best silence I never heard! It is also my first high-resolution track to boot. And it was all produced by you!

  5. The non-clarity in this silence ist outstanding. This silence doesn’t sound so much crisper and smoother than no silence has never sounded before.

    If there’s one little criticism I have, it’s that your silence doesn’t lack the depth and soundstage that I’m not used from other silences. I guess this could be attributed to the Apple Lossless format? Maybe you want to try it again in FLAC?

  6. The non-clarity in this silence ist outstanding. This silence doesn’t sound so much crisper and smoother than no silence has never sounded before.

    If there’s one little criticism I have, it’s that your silence doesn’t lack the depth and soundstage that I’m not used from other silences. I guess this could be attributed to the Apple Lossless format? Maybe you want to try it again in FLAC?

  7. Kirk, you are so intent on bashing audiophiles that you close the door to logical explanations. It’s a bit disappointing for such an otherwise perceptive person to be so closed minded. Much easier to make fun of people than to make an effort to understand them (you don’t have to agree, but at least try to understand)

    The reason to have high-resolution silence is so your DAC does not need to switch between sample rates. If you play a 24/96 track, then 16/44 silence for 10 seconds, then back to 24/96, some DACs lose their lock temporarily on the bitstream when switching sample rates, causing clicking, display going beserk, etc.

    Love the podcast, but you really should drop the audiophile bashing. You, if anyone, should understand obsessive-compulsive behaviour. Nothing wrong with getting deeply involved in a hobby and spending large sums of money on well built, high-quality things. Expensive Art, Expensive Clothing, Expensive Cars, Expensive audio gear — if you can afford it, and it makes you happy, what’s the harm?

    • Dunno, if I spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a DAC, I would expect it to handle something as banal as a different sample rate. Sounds like some sub-standard DACs there.

      I don’t think audiophile bashing is a fair term. I’m reacting against the preaching from a tiny minority to others about how the music they listen to sounds like crap, and how it has to be better. I’m reacting against an audio industry that is catering to the few, but trying to push onto everyone more expensive devices – and music – that they don’t need. I’m reacting against snake oil, placebo effects, and obnoxious people telling me that I don’t care about music because I have “lifestyle” audio equipment. I don’t see people who buy, for example, expensive cars tell other drives that their cars suck and they need to be better, and trying to get the entire car industry to make more expensive, faster cars that people don’t need.

      No one tells me that I have a crappy car because I drive a Toyota; but lots of people tell me, either clearly or subtly, that the music I listen to sucks because I don’t have the right equipment.

      The biggest problem is that audiophiles cannot separate the enjoyment of music from the gear needed to enjoy music. It’s fine if they live their obsession like that, without telling everyone else that they are wrong.

  8. Kirk, you are so intent on bashing audiophiles that you close the door to logical explanations. It’s a bit disappointing for such an otherwise perceptive person to be so closed minded. Much easier to make fun of people than to make an effort to understand them (you don’t have to agree, but at least try to understand)

    The reason to have high-resolution silence is so your DAC does not need to switch between sample rates. If you play a 24/96 track, then 16/44 silence for 10 seconds, then back to 24/96, some DACs lose their lock temporarily on the bitstream when switching sample rates, causing clicking, display going beserk, etc.

    Love the podcast, but you really should drop the audiophile bashing. You, if anyone, should understand obsessive-compulsive behaviour. Nothing wrong with getting deeply involved in a hobby and spending large sums of money on well built, high-quality things. Expensive Art, Expensive Clothing, Expensive Cars, Expensive audio gear — if you can afford it, and it makes you happy, what’s the harm?

    • Dunno, if I spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a DAC, I would expect it to handle something as banal as a different sample rate. Sounds like some sub-standard DACs there.

      I don’t think audiophile bashing is a fair term. I’m reacting against the preaching from a tiny minority to others about how the music they listen to sounds like crap, and how it has to be better. I’m reacting against an audio industry that is catering to the few, but trying to push onto everyone more expensive devices – and music – that they don’t need. I’m reacting against snake oil, placebo effects, and obnoxious people telling me that I don’t care about music because I have “lifestyle” audio equipment. I don’t see people who buy, for example, expensive cars tell other drives that their cars suck and they need to be better, and trying to get the entire car industry to make more expensive, faster cars that people don’t need.

      No one tells me that I have a crappy car because I drive a Toyota; but lots of people tell me, either clearly or subtly, that the music I listen to sucks because I don’t have the right equipment.

      The biggest problem is that audiophiles cannot separate the enjoyment of music from the gear needed to enjoy music. It’s fine if they live their obsession like that, without telling everyone else that they are wrong.

  9. Wow, that is a gross generalization of audiophiles and the audio industry. Go back and listen to one of your podcasts where you had Chris Connaker on as a guest. I don’t recall him being ‘obnoxious’ — in fact, I think the was incredibly civil, patient and understanding, despite your negative attitude towards his industry, followers and gear.

    As I said before, I don’t expect you to agree with audiophiles — but I still don’t understand the hostility. I offered you an explanation of why “high-resolution” silence might make sense, and your response was to tell me my DAC is ‘sub standard’. Dude, that sounds a lot like bashing to me.

    I get that being opinionated is how you make a living. But not all audiophiles, nor does the whole high-end industry fall into your gross generalization / stereotype. As I said, I enjoy your podcast — I’d enjoy it a lot more if you had a more open mind to “how I listen to music, today”.

  10. Wow, that is a gross generalization of audiophiles and the audio industry. Go back and listen to one of your podcasts where you had Chris Connaker on as a guest. I don’t recall him being ‘obnoxious’ — in fact, I think the was incredibly civil, patient and understanding, despite your negative attitude towards his industry, followers and gear.

    As I said before, I don’t expect you to agree with audiophiles — but I still don’t understand the hostility. I offered you an explanation of why “high-resolution” silence might make sense, and your response was to tell me my DAC is ‘sub standard’. Dude, that sounds a lot like bashing to me.

    I get that being opinionated is how you make a living. But not all audiophiles, nor does the whole high-end industry fall into your gross generalization / stereotype. As I said, I enjoy your podcast — I’d enjoy it a lot more if you had a more open mind to “how I listen to music, today”.

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