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24 bit is definitely no placebo effect.. It is always frustrating to have to down sample to 16 bit.. When you hear such drastic difference.. But it does also matter what music.. But especially with ambient music I hear a difference.. If I buy an digital flac album I would easily choose the 24 bit if there was a choice.
Many blind tests regarding 16 vs 24 bit have proved that peopled can´t hear a difference. In any case, when it comes to CD anything has to go down to 16 bit anyway. To hear a difference especially (!) in ambient music is a huge myth for me. When it come to classical music with a lot (!) of dynamics there is a reason for this higher bit/sample rate rate, but when when it comes to Ambient I don´t know any music in this genre using the full dynamic making it worth at all to for the additional headroom nor a higher sampling rate.
Are people really be able to hear a difference between 192kbit and 320kbit mp3?
But OK, it´s usual that those believers feel better if they can say they feel have the tools or special gear (the price for the additional investment in those cases needs an explanation too) or rendering options. I´m pretty sure, if I would offer 2 unnamed files for a blind testing concerning this issue, those people would avoid to be part of that test.
Two unnamed files created to prove your point or two unnamed files to show there is a difference. ?
Tests can be designed with different goals.
I myself I hear a difference and I know a lot of other people to do, you need sensitive equipment and ears and know what you are looking for. In heavy high energy distortion guitar I think the 16 bit have harsher edges to me.
I think it is funny say classical music has more complex audio information then in ambient music.
Ambient can be as complex as audibly possible. Classical music in general consider very lofi in comparison to modern music. Adding max amounts of transients is usually the best way to find differences in 24 bit or 16 bit or different sample rates. On all my recordings in my signal chain I always use audio processors to maximize transients, especially with ambient there is nothing worse then ambient where all transients are drown into reverb tails, the transients bring out all details and making complex audio harmonics. Yeah so the amount of transient information is probably one thing that matter, without the complex audio information it might be possible there is no difference in sonic experience in resolution or sample rates