Should I dither? (Converting 24bit to 16bit FLAC) 2016-12-06 17:21:28 I'm converting 24bit/96kHz FLAC files to both mp3 and 16bitFLAC files.I've already determined for mp3 I will keep the source files at 24bit but downsample to 44.1 and then run through LAME since it can accept 24bit source files and I won't have to deal with the dithering issue.I chose 44.1 as it will create smaller file sizes than 48kHz and I can't tell any difference between 44.1 and 48kHz audio files thru abx testing.However my real question is about what to do for the FLAC files in regards to dithering. I figured I'd take the .mp3 input 24/44.1 file and then use SoX to convert to 16bit. Should I dither or not for this process? Technically speaking, when using dithering doesn't it potentially increase the dynamic range of a 16bit file? What are the advantages/disadvantages of not dithering? These FLAC files would be my long term archive files (as well as listening files when I'm home and/or have access to them). The .mp3s would be my traveling/portable set of files.Any advice?