.WAV File Extension

There are 2 file types use the .WAV file extension:

  1. WAVE Audio File
  2. DTS-WAV File

1. WAVE Audio File

WAVE Audio File
  • Developer Microsoft & IBM
  • Popularity
    4.0 (493 votes)
  • Category Audio Files
  • Format Binary

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.

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).

Updated: November 10, 2020

2. DTS-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.

Software's name License Platforms
DTS Surround Audio Suite DTS Surround Audio Suite MacWindows
DTS Surround Sound Suite DTS Surround Sound Suite MacWindows
Foobar2000 Foobar2000 Freeware Windows

Updated: July 29, 2009

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