Convert from 24-16-24 ??? Whats wrong with doing a recording straight from a desk 24bit and then 16 bit? Yeah, it's not going to sound identical cause it's hard to play completely the same piece twice, but will it sound different? Lot simpler. I guess you need good mikes etc..
2 adcs simultaneously might not be the go on account of different electronics, but with a master clock, high grade low tolerance components should be close. I suppose if you had 2 adcs you could do 16 bit on each and see if they sound the same. then 16 vs 24 and see if it;s the same as well
Who says science is correct. It isn't, not even close in a number of areas. I mean just look at a similar topic global warming.
Seems there are 24bit activists / terrorists as well now. It's just plan funny a thread got this long on something that's obvious.
It's like arguing you don't need speakers that reach below frequencies under the bottom note of a bass guitar or something. Super tweeters are interesting as well.
I guess I should have made more of a name for myself as a hifi reviewer, any audio people who know me and trust me would just take my word.
To actually prove to you is a bit more tricky, it would involve sitting in front of a great hifi setup (not headphones for sure) and playing back identical source material at different bits etc. The new graceland 25th anniversary release is nice, remastered in 24 and 16 bit. I should try the test myself. Or maybe just try and get my favourite record label to record 24 bit just for me http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f14-music-analysis-objective-and-subjective/graceland-24-96-a-14025/
Not heard my decent hifi in 24bit yet it's in a container for the last 3 yrs, did all my 24 bit tests a while ago.
So I can only suggest people go to a good hifi shop like I did (few and far between) and get a 24bit demo room booked for the afternoon.
Take along your own files, go to they gym before, drink lots of water etc.. Cardio workout does more wonders for hifi imho.
On the topic of files, I guess you can hide behind mastering and release formats as to why it's more detailed using the same DAC, laptop, amps, speakers, cables, just a different file. But if 24 bit files are more detailed in general over many files (its what i found, instruments consistently more real) then there is a good enough reason to go big files.
So ok, argue it out in science, this thread really is pointless like WAV vs FLAC or foobar vs jplay, I2s etc.. Enjoy
I bother to reply because I have read a few places 24 bit isn't any different where the science isn't there yet and it's just plain annoying and defeating to progress. 24 bit had enough issues.
BTW, Linn are offering free 24 bit downloads ATM. http://christmas.linn.co.uk/Edited by dbbloke - 12/4/12 at 4:36pm