Back in 2008, Mix magazine did tests to determine if discerning listeners can hear the difference between CDs and high-resolution audio. Their test subjects picked correctly 50% of the time—no better than if they had flipped a coin.
- The Emperor’s New Sampling Rate
- Related: Ars Technica reports that Mastered for iTunes, 16/44 AAC files created from high resolution audio, makes a difference in the end product. They worked with mastering engineers and write that Mastering for iTunes makes music sound more “alive” and “airy”…whatever that means.
- Even more related: This article I linked to before about how high resolution audio downloads make no sense