Originally Posted by ADD
Incidentally, I found a very good high resolution recording of the violin on the net. That company High Definition Tape Transfers has Edith Peinemann playing the Dvorak - it's an open reel tape transcribed to 24-96. I'm not convinced about the equalisation curve, but the sound on that comes much closer to the real thing than CD.
I downloaded the 1st movt of the Dvorak concerto. Then:
1. converted the flac to a high-resolution (96 kHz, 24 bit) wav-file with Foobar
2. converted the high-resolution wav file to a low-resolution wav-file (i.e. 44, 1 kHz, 16 bit) with Audacity
3. converted the low-resolution wav-file back to 96 kHz 24 bit resolution with Audacity
4. tried to hear the difference between the original flac and the new 96/24 file without any success.
In my opinion the original high-res download and the downgraded version of it sound identical.
OTOH, I do not like the recording particularly much. Almost any modern run-of-the-mill violin recording sounds better to my ears.