guys i hate to break it to you but 24bit audio is a scam. its only used by producers (as 32 bit is also) to make it easier to clip audio files without making mistakes. although, in theory, the human hearing spectrum extends ever so slightly beyond the 16 bit range, in actual practice it covers the entire hearing spectrum, in part due to nobody has a 'golden ear' despite what some will claim. if somebody listens to a 24-bit files and claims its a tangible improvement over its 16-bit counterpart they are, without a doubt, full of ****. 16/44 is all you'll ever need to experience what the human ear can handle. anything beyond that is truly a marketing ploy as the high-end audio companies fully grasp that we, as audiophiles, myself included, are always searching for a 'better' SQ. 24-bit won't get you there. its a waste of computer space and does not improve music quality.
speak with an audio engineer. I took the time to read several comprehensive reports (With my trusty thesaurus aka google on stand by) and have made an effort to sift through all the audio B.S. 24 bit does not, and never will, help your individual listening experience. Sorry to burst your bubbles fellas.
disclaimer: I cannot find the original articles I read but if I do rest assured I'll post them. I can fully understand why many of you are skeptic to my aforementioned claims and I'm a big believer in having empirical evidence to back up my claims.
This is not be talking out my of my rear end, I just don't want any of my fellow hi-fi'ers to make frivilious investments in 24-bit audio and 24-bit reading devices when they could invest in some better cans, an amp, a LP player, whatever floats your boat. Get that ultra-rare U2 vinyl press over 24-bit files :)
Best Regards My Friends,