Originally Posted by sethk
Theoretically, yes. You need a very good setup to be able to tell the difference though.
I categorically disagree. This sort of thinking killed DVD-A and it's nearly the end for SACD. I could tell the difference on a weak Sony AVR with the audio going through a crappy Toshiba DVD player.
It's not what you hear as much as what you're missing with the lower sample rates- it's just not captured. I can pick out the sound of a stick hitting a cymbal. I challenge anybody to discern that on a CD, or, worse, an MP3. IMO, a lot of people believe this w/out ever hearing it in the first place. And for what it's worth, I'm 42 and my wife insists I'm nearly deaf.