Originally Posted by arcanemethods
What a great opportunity for skeptics to discover that for themselves! Best and most convenient I've ever run across.
Assuming you've got adequate output hardware on a PC just buy the 44.1/16 and whatever else you want to compare it with and use a multitrack audio editor (capable of playing the higher resolution) by placing one of each in consecutive tracks and use solo to switch between. Or have someone else do the switching while you try to guess with back turned when the switching occurs. :-)
This would also be a good way to debunk the mythical "stage presence" differences among a set of phones.
Well, if the music was tracked, mixed and mastered at 24 bit, buying the 24 bit will make a difference because the 16 bit downsamples will inevitably be dithered. If your kit can bitstream the 24 bit audio, you'll get THE absolute original audio. If your DAC (like my Fiio) can only do 16 bit, at least your last point in the chain is doing the downsampling and hopefully doing a good job with the chipset, so it's still a good test for your kit.
Thinking about it, my main PC boldly states it can natively handle 24 bit audio, so it's still an interesting test if you have any kind of media PC as part of your regular listening ritual.
I agree that higher bit depth otherwise only makes a difference if you have extremes of dynamic range. 96 kHz again only useful if you're recording fruitbat and harpsichord duets...
Edited by Christopher - 9/1/14 at 5:32am