On this bit depth-sampling frequency discussion, it is a widely discussed and debated topic. Here is mastering engineer Ian Shepherd's take: http://productionadvice.co.uk/no-stair-steps-in-digital-audio/
It might prove to be an interesting read if you have not already read extensively about the subject and in much more technical terms. I often don't agree completely with Ian's views, but I have a lot of respect for the man all the same. There are other articles I could have linked but those are even longer and much more technical, not to mention clearly biased in my opinion despite trying to clearly stay neutral in their presentation. My personal advice would be to though simply trust your ears and forget what anyone else tells you or what your presumptions are. Don't simply assume that bigger numbers automatically means better or that it is completely out of the question that it could even make things sound worse.
My opinion(/rant) on this topic if you're interested (Click to show)
To throw my two cents in regarding digital audio, my current stance is that 24/48 does sound better than 16/44.1 based on my experience over the roughly ten years that I have been an audiophile now. Whether the jump from 16-bit to 24-bit actually does anything significant there I can't comment on, but it certainly doesn't hurt. I have no firm opinion on 88.2 or 96kHz sampling rates since I have hardly heard any such material. I would never pay for 192kHz files, though. Please don't ask why because the explanation is simply too long and technical for me to feel it worth my time to devote my time on in an electronic music thread on an online forum. One of the reasons is intermodulation distortion, but there are others. One link where you can read about the potential of intermodulation distortion is here, again written by Mr. Shepherd: http://productionadvice.co.uk/high-sample-rates-make-your-music-sound-worse/
There are better articles I've read on matters related to sampling frequencies, but sadly I have not saved those anywhere after reading the. Sorry.
Personally I have very limited interest in linear PCM audio in general. After upgrading to my current speakers I've for the first time found CD to be a more limited format in terms of absolute sound quality than I had previously thought. I also don't believe high resolution PCM audio offers enough to be worth bothering with honestly. On the other hand SACDs, or more accurately DSD audio is in my personal experience and opinion a clear improvement over PCM if done pure DSD without ever converting to PCM at any point. MUCH MORE important than the final listening format is the engineering and production however. Listen to Gangnam Style here both in 16- and 8-bit resolution and tell me how big you find the difference: http://www.audiocheck.net/blindtests_16vs8bit.php
Not that that is the pinnacle of audio finesse by any stretch of the imagination... Reproducing a more musically dynamic piece would offer much more of a challenge for mere 8 bits.
As one final note, my current format of choice is vinyl when done well, preferably all-analog if possible, although I've heard electronic music sound phenomenal on it as well even if not made using analog gear and recorded on tape. I only got my first turntable a couple months ago but none of the 3k+ CDs I currently own or even any of the audiophile SACDs I'd say manage to sound as good as the cream of my current LP collection of just over a hundred records. People may talk all they want about vinyl being technically inferior to CD, but I believe my ears over everything else. And just to mention, I have studied electrical engineering at university so the technical aspects of audio reproduction are not totally foreign to me. Art trump science, say I as an engineer. Technology is just a means to an end, not the end itself. Also the music itself is several degrees more important than sonics. Always. That should be self-evident, but it's something that is worth mentioning from time to time so none of us forget what it's all really about in the end.
End of rant.
To actually contribute music-wise to the thread, here's a track I just discovered through the Tokyo Bliss podcast no. 28.
Also there's this too...
M|O|O|N also released a new free song on Bandcamp yesterday. Enjoy.
M|O|O|N - Quixotic
Edited by TJ Elite - 10/29/13 at 12:49pm