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it all depends on a variety of factors. like: How well trained your ears are (for catching digital artifacts, and no not some magazine editors ears), how good other components in your chain are (speakers, amps, pres, processor, transport, DAC, etc.), and of course the acoustics in your room....
Some people may not notice a difference, having played lossless 24 bit 192khz master tracks from my studio vs 16 bit 44.1khz "final" masters over my home system I can notice a difference yet many people I work with at the studio (both musicians and engineers and producers) to just friends and family can't hear anything. Now I know that's not an exact analogy for what you are dealing with but close. Some people can notice the difference but it all depends... Also when mixing and mastering for lossless or lossy some studios may make changes to the final master tracks or even for different versions of the disc (and there can be a variety of changes made, different foley work, different mix/master engineer, different eq'ing, extra dubbing, new filters, etc. etc. etc. etc.)..
Sorry there really is no easy answer.
I would say go to blu-ray, better video, and better audio. get the oppo bdp-80 or 83, and enjoy how much better things look and sound.. *just in my humble opinion.. ymmv*
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