Originally Posted by HIPAR
I've said it before and I say it again. After twenty plus years of engineering and alchemy, everyone has run out of options to make the overall digital reproduction process using 16 bit samples and 44.1 khz sampling work properly. It's a bit starved media that was introduced prematurely before the the state of the digital recording art allowed things to be done correctly.
Bob Katz and cohorts designed filter algorithms in the mid 1990s, which rendered ~20 khz (i.e. Redbook) and 40 khz sampling indistinguishable in blind tests. His view is that the 'benefit' of higher then Redbook sampling rates are down to filter implementation, not some need for capturing ultrasonic frequencies. So by that line of reasoning, CD sampling rates 'can' be 'good enough. As for 16 bit versus higher bit, the higher bits certainly come in handy when there's digital processing involved, to keep rounding artifacts from becoming audible, but for the final delivery format, to be played in a home environment, there's no evidence that 24bits of dynamic range are necessary.
That said, processing power and storage are so cheap nowadays that there's no particular reason to stick to Redbook (other than compatibility with legacy gear); guys like LAvry and Katz and J Johnston have opined that upping the standard to ~60kHz/24 effectively 'solves' any
putative issue with Redbook.
Rappers, rockers and popists are all perfectly happy with CD quality sound. I have found that orchestral recordings break it. This is tyranny of the majority because the new digital audio formats have failed in the mass marketplace.
How can you tell that CD quality sound 'breaks it'? Compared to what, and as determined how?
The major hits to accurate sound reproduction were, and remain, the electromechanical transduction stages (microphone and loudspeaker), and the acoustic playback space . The supposed flaws of 'CD quality' pale to insignificance. THose are what 'break' sound (assuming the mixing and mastering itself didn't radically alter the sound).
The problem with digital quality anything is that no one complains about it anymore.
Yo need to step up to some 'audiophile' forums, where the complaining is endless...and made more amusing by the pining for the 'glories' of LP-quality sound.