First i have to say that i am noob in all related to audio, at least high end audio. I have never understood the reasoning behind 24bit / 96khz for audio listening.
I read at some point that CD supports only 16bit / 44.1khz and its from 1hz - 22khz the limits of human hearing. As far as i know 99% of all music in the world is CD quality.
I think there are physical limitations to the existing recordings? Would re-sampling the masters do anything to them sound wise?
I have always felt the faults in sound quality is not because of the digital ( cd quality ) limitations, but in the mixing and mastering of the actual music. Also the Hardware used to record the music. I have heard a lot of music in my life, majority of music is poorly recorded, poorly mixed and i don't think that increasing the sample rates will fix that. At least that's how i feel.
I have some great recordings and they sound great even as MP3, but poorly recorded, mixed / mastered ones sound bad no matter what you do to them. I don't think any amount of pixie dust is going to make them better. This is a huge threat and i managed to only read the first 22 pages, barely understanding what people were saying. Hard to follow when you don't have deeper understanding on the subject.
Lets say that in theory the 24bit / 96khz would have better sound quality. Ok it becomes the "standard" and we start to demand music in that form. All the old music would gain nothing from this as they have the physical limitations? Newer produced music and recorded music would only "gain" in sound quality. 99% of our music would still be physically limited to the quality of "16bit / 44.1khz". I mean the physical limitations of hardware and the existing recordings we currently have. Vinyl is bellow CD in quality, at least according to some.
Its possible to re-master the older recordings that are in 24bit / 96khz form. But they have been recorded with limited gear (frequency limited to 20khz)?
So what does the consumer gain from the higher sample rates?
The downsides are far greater, we would have to buy all the music in DVD all over again with no evidence to support it sounds any better (at least nothing they could prove with empirical evidence). Also the file size would grow quite a lot. I am not sure how much but its possible it would be near 500mb for 1 song or even higher?
Since the release of CD and digital music piracy and downloading songs from internet has become a real bane for the music business.
When i write this i get the feeling the reason behind pressing the 24bit / 96khz onto the market is to try and kill piracy. At least thats what popped into my mind.
Sorry if this came out as just some noob ramble that makes no sense?