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MP3 vs. WAV, Which is Better Choice

Vanessa Chiang updated on Aug 17, 2021 to Video Converter Tips

At present, the audio formats are various, such as MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, FLAC, and more.  WAV and MP3, as two of the most popular audio formats, which is better? And, do you know the differences between WAV and MP3? And which file format is better? Next, I will tell you the characteristics of these audio formats.

MP3 vs. WAV, Which is The Best Format for Your Music

wav vs mp3

WAV and MP3 are both audio formats, but MP3 format is more popular than WAV. Do you know why? Next, you will get the answer.

MP3 Overview

The MP3 format is also called MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III. It was released in 1993 and then became the most popular audio format in the world. MP3 is designed to reduce the quality of sounds that aren't easy to hear and to compress audio data as efficiently as possible. The high compatibility makes MP3 audio format can be played on plenty of platforms.


  • It provides a high sound quality while the file size is just 1/10 of the lossless audio.
  • It can play in almost all players and devices.
  • MP3 takes up less storage space.


  • When the bit rate is lower than 64kbps, the sound quality of MP3 is poorer than WAV.
  • MP3 file format can not perform many sound details at a lower bitrate and higher frequencies.

WAV Overview

WAV (Waveform Audio File Format) is an audio file format standard developed by Microsoft and IBM in 1991. WAV audio files are uncompressed that meaning WAV files will contain too much sound date. So, WAV files are also known as lossless audio files.


  • Because of lossless and uncompressed, this type of format has a higher audio quality than MP3.
  • It is very simple to edit and process by using third-party software.


  • The size of the WAV audio format is bigger than MP3.
  • The large file size makes WAV file format is not ideal for uploading online.

MP3 vs. WAV, which is better?

About these two audio formats, here list a table to show the difference between MP3 and WAV.





Lossless and Uncompressed


Audio only

Audio only


 The MP3 sound quality is lower than WAV

WAV file format contains too many sound details

File Size

Smaller than WAV

Lager and requires more space

Released for public use on 



Form this table, and we can clearly see the differences between these two audio formats. 

If you want the highest quality and do not care about the file size, go with the WAV audio format. WAV is better for audio professionals to use.

If you want to share and play your audio in multiple platforms, and do not mind the sound lossy, an MP3 audio format will fit for you.

Best Format Conversion Software- EaseUS Video Editor

Now, we know the differences between WAV and MP3 audio format, and each has its advantages. In order to play the WAV file format on many platforms, you may need to convert WAV to MP3. So, here comes a powerful software, EaseUS Video Editor.

EaseUS Video Editor is an all-in-one video editing program. Except for the basic video editing function, such as adding music, adding text, and more, this app also has a powerful format conversion function. You can use this app to convert MP3 to MP4, convert WAV to MP3, and so on.


  • Support plenty of file formats, such as MP3, AAC, WAV, WMV, MOV, and more
  • Convert video to audio easily
  • Support 300+ effects and transitions
  • Support adding text, filters, music, transitions, elements, overlays to your video
  • Support free download


  • Only support Windows users

How to Convert Audio to MP3 Using EaseUS Video Editor

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Editor.

Launch EaseUS Video Editor

Step 2. Import the WAV file. Drag and drop it to the audio track in the timeline.

Drag WAV file to timeline

Step 3. Double click on the WAV file. Choose the "Speed" and "Volume" option to adjust the audio.

Adjust volume

Step 4. Click on "Export" and choose the "MP3" button in the audio menu. Then save the converted files on your computer.

Export MP3 version


To sum up, this page has introduced what the WAV and MP3 is, and the difference between these two formats. And we also list a table to help you to choose the right format. If you need a profession, high-quality audio, WAV will fit for you. If you need to save more audio files in your device, the MP3 audio format will be your best choice.

FAQs about WAV vs. MP3

There are some questions about WAV and MP3 audio formats. If you want to know more, please keep on reading.

1. Is a WAV file better than mp3?

It is hard to say which is better.

  • WAV files are lossless, uncompressed, high-quality music files. WAV files are also the right choice for loops to be processed with Flash for web animations. WAV is better for professionals to use.
  • MP3 files are compressed music files. MP3 files widely use in web pages, web videos, and the Internet. MP3 is an ideal choice for people who have low request with sound quality.

2. What are the disadvantages of WAV?

Even though these WAV files can copy and save the music, has high-quality sound. But there are still have a few disadvantages associated, they are:

  • It is an uncompressed format WAV file format that will take big storage space.
  • Due to large sizes, the tracks saved using this format is not ideal for uploading online.

3. Can you hear the difference between WAV and mp3?

For general purpose listening, you may not hear the difference between WAV and MP3 files in terms of audio quality, but it may differ a lot as only fewer WAV files will fit in the mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets, music players, etc.

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