Definition of dynamic range in US English:

dynamic range


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

    • ‘Dialogue is clear and the background music has a pleasing dynamic range.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Hickox Singers do well enough, conveying the stature of the piece, but their dynamic range is way too constricted.’
    • ‘Le Sacre has one of the widest dynamic ranges of any pieces of music ever written.’
    • ‘The greater the possible dynamic range, the more necessary and desirable it became for composers to specify their exact intentions.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This system has an Echo Audio Mia audio interface card, whose measured dynamic range is 101dB at 96KHz / 24-bit.’
      • ‘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.’