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thought experiment

Hi. Let us me propose a thought experiment.

 

A 16 bit cd player is connected to a 32 bit dac. We assume that we play a 24 bit file. What do I listen to? A 16 bit file or a 24 bit file?

 

Thanks.

 

Best,

 

                                                          davide

As there's plenty of evidence

As there's plenty of evidence that the human ear cannot hear the difference, it doesn't matter.  Try a double-blind test on yourself and prove it.  Get the best audio system that you can afford and just enjoy the music.

 

As there's plenty of evidence

As there's plenty of evidence that the human ear cannot hear the difference, it doesn't matter.  Try a double-blind test on yourself and prove it.  Get the best audio system that you can afford and just enjoy the music.

 

As there's plenty of evidence

As there's plenty of evidence that the human ear cannot hear the difference, it doesn't matter.  Try a double-blind test on yourself and prove it.  Get the best audio system that you can afford and just enjoy the music.

 

How did that happen?!    

How did that happen?!  

 

CRC bits

So there is no difference?

CRC bits

So there is no difference?

 

I'm sure there's a difference

I'm sure there's a difference - it's a huge increase in capacity - but the question is, can the difference be heard?  I have read lots of claims and quite a few studies so set up my own double-blind test with two downloads of a Mozart first movement from Linn's site, one 16bit, one 24bit, and I couldn't pick out which was which, scoring no better than random.  My wife did the same.  I challenged others on the Linn forum to do the same.  Only one did so and scored marginally better, though not convincingly, I thought.  Anyone can try it for themselves.  As no others chose to do so - or did, and didn't post the results, I decided the issue was settled.  For me at least.  I now listen only for the music, not for how it's being reproduced. And I save a lot on the expense of downloads!

 

Good news, at last!

That's great news, since the issue is settled. I guess one might even say that we now listen only for the music regardless of how it 's being reproduced. And we save plenty...in playback music.

Parla

thanks

Thanks for your answers. Let us put aside the question is the difference between a 16 bit file and a 24 one is audible or not. From a technical point of view, the file is played at 16 bit or at 24 bit?

 

Thanks.

 

Best,

 

                                                            davide

Not yet settled.

So, eventually, the issue is not -at least technically- settled. "The file is played at 16 bit or at 24 bit"? That is the question.

For those who are willing to find, trace, pursue the answer, pay attention to...the source.

Parla

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