i'm not alone with pono, almost all musicians and recording engineers can hear it. they might not think it's needed for the average consumer, but they can hear it. most have been tracking and mixing at 24bit for over a decade now. and when played through a proper signal chain, oh looky there, sounds better. who cares about math. you should work on sorting out mathematically why it sounds better instead of telling people who hear it in the simplest terms that they are crazy. you are flat earth types here, relying on common sense to disguise the flaws in your argument.
the quickness that you people dismiss people who make, record, and mix music for a living is amazing to me. they are the experts in music and emotional sound, not you, yet because they don't can't translate it to high-end physics and formulas you disregard them. do you think the people who provide enjoyable sound for you have math degrees? very few of them.
but we can all hear and can understand quality if it's provided to us. we all get ear fatigue and can detect digital distortions, and we can all detect spatial differences. maybe you don't care, maybe you haven't figured out how to hear it yet. but you can and whether or not you've figured out how to get your antiquated formulas rewritten in enough time for anyone to care, we shall see.