Definition of dynamic range in English:

dynamic range


  • 1The range of acceptable or possible volumes of sound occurring in the course of a piece of music or a performance.

    • ‘The greater the possible dynamic range, the more necessary and desirable it became for composers to specify their exact intentions.’
    • ‘Le Sacre has one of the widest dynamic ranges of any pieces of music ever written.’
    • ‘Dialogue is clear and the background music has a pleasing dynamic range.’
    • ‘The Hickox Singers do well enough, conveying the stature of the piece, but their dynamic range is way too constricted.’
    • ‘The sheer dynamic range of the performance was breathtaking, from the whispered pianissimos in the many passages of chamber-music delicacy to that final blazing choral peroration hailing the dawn of a bright new day.’
    1. 1.1 The ratio of the largest to the smallest intensity of sound that can be reliably transmitted or reproduced by a particular sound system, measured in decibels.
      • ‘This system has an Echo Audio Mia audio interface card, whose measured dynamic range is 101dB at 96KHz / 24-bit.’
      • ‘Likewise, the Dolby 2.0 soundtrack isn't going to win any prizes, but dialogue was clear and the music presented pleasingly across the stereo soundstage, with good dynamic range.’
      • ‘Practically, however, sRET analysis is limited by the signal/noise ratio of the measured experimental spectra and by the dynamic range and resolution of the data acquisition hardware.’
      • ‘I wasn't all that impressed by this 5.1 mix - while there are some directional effects, overall dynamic range and fidelity seem to be missing.’
      • ‘Thus, in gauging the overall accuracy of transmission site-specific dichroism one has to take into account both the increased signal-to-noise of transmission and its lower dynamic range.’