# Dynamic range

## Ratio between the largest and smallest values that a certain quantity can assume / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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**Dynamic range** (abbreviated **DR**, **DNR**,[1] or **DYR**[2]) is the ratio between the largest and smallest values that a certain quantity can assume. It is often used in the context of signals, like sound and light. It is measured either as a ratio or as a base-10 (decibel) or base-2 (doublings, bits or stops) logarithmic value of the difference between the smallest and largest signal values.[3]

Electronically reproduced audio and video is often processed to fit the original material with a wide dynamic range into a narrower recorded dynamic range that can more easily be stored and reproduced; this processing is called dynamic range compression.