Originally Posted by tomb
Wow. Maybe a few years of experience will help, but nothing else for now. Just a simple question and I'll leave you alone: Do you really think that a multi-billion dollar industry is all headed toward 24-bit 192KHz by mistake? And that because you've read about a theorem you know better?
Just asking ...
Yes, that's exactly why "multi-billion dollar industry" is headed towards higher rates - because big number sells. Why produce new music, what can be very costly, while you can release an old album with 192kHz sampling for almost no cost? And people who have no clue about science will buy it.
That strive towards improving sound extremes is completely irrational, and as I said can be even harmful. Because what matters is having a good balance of frequencies, where music resides, which is 20Hz-12kHz, and other sound quality properties, like low distortion, decay, etc. More is not necessarily better, there is always an optimum, which for sampling is about 40kHz. I think it would be even better to use about 30kHz sampling (for less distortion), but some people believe there is a musical value in frequencies above 15kHz, so it's a trade-off.