.WAV File Extension

.WAV File Extension

2 file types use the .wav file extension.
File Type 1

WAVE Audio File

Developer Microsoft & IBM
Popularity
3.9  |  361 Votes
Category Audio Files
Format Binary

What is a WAV file?

A WAV file is an audio file saved in the WAVE format, a standard digital audio file format utilized for storing waveform data. WAV files may contain audio recordings with different sampling rates and bitrates but are often saved in a 44.1 kHz, 16-bit, stereo format, which is the standard format used for CD audio.

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Screenshot of a .wav file in VideoLAN VLC media player 3
WAV file open in VideoLAN VLC media player 3

The WAVE format is based on the Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF), a file container format primarily used to save video and sound. Microsoft and IBM jointly developed the WAVE format in the early-1990s adopting WAV files as the primary option for saving raw, uncompressed audio in Microsoft Windows.

WAV files are similar to .AIF files, which are saved in the Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF) and are more common on Macintosh systems. However, WAV files are more often saved and played on Windows computers rather than Macs.

NOTE: WAV is short for "Waveform Audio File Format" and is pronounced "wave."

How do I open a WAV file?

You can open WAV files with various programs in Windows, macOS, and Linux. Microsoft Windows Media Player (bundled with Windows), Microsoft Groove Music (bundled with Windows), and Apple iTunes (bundled with macOS) can open WAV files.

You can also open the audio files with third-party applications, such as VideoLAN VLC media player (multiplatform), Clementine (multiplatform), Eltima Elmedia Player (macOS), and olimsoft OPlayer (iOS).

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Programs that open WAV files

Updated May 3, 2021
File Type 2

DTS-WAV File

Developer DTS
Popularity
2.4  |  42 Votes
Category Audio Files
Format Binary

What is a WAV file?

File created by DTS audio programs, which are used to author stereo music and surround sound music CDs; contains audio data for multiple channels; can only be played by programs that support DTS-WAV encoding.

Programs that open WAV files

Windows
DTS Surround Audio Suite
DTS Surround Sound Suite
Mac
DTS Surround Audio Suite
DTS Surround Sound Suite
Updated January 19, 2010

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