Digital Audio: All you need is 16

I twattered this, but I’m looking for some discussion here after all the discussion over at Come The Revolution and some conversations: 16 bit, 44.1KHz audio (CD Audio, basically) is all you need, so me lamenting the failure of SACD and DVD-Audio really doesn’t matter a hoot. We’ll leave the analogue/vinyl (warmth) argument for another time.

24/192 Music Downloads…and why they make no sense

presents the argument well, and scientifically, and I found the authors comments on MP3 codecs and on Loudness Wars fascinating. 24/192 is being touted as audiophile quality downloadable music.

One must remember that the audio world is prone to bollocks: £500 cat 5 leads audiophile mains cables and sockets, but also that some people can’t hear quite significant audio problems: it’s subjective- I know people that would not consider the difference between a £30 mini system and £600 of seperates significant.

Interestingly, I claimed that FLAC wasn’t practical in the comments on Come the Revolution, and have proved myself wrong: A Sandisk Sansa MP3 player will happily handle FLAC, and a big Micro-SD card copes with the filesizes. For the record, with good headphones, it’s indistinguishable from CD to me, so that Minidisc player may get retired, finally.

2 Responses to “Digital Audio: All you need is 16”

  1. Keith Says:

    As someone who used to design very expensive car audio systems in the 80’s, I find oxygen free cable quite laughable, especially the price.

  2. stymaster Says:

    Now the thing here is that I could believe cable making a difference in the analogue chain- so speaker cables, phono interconnects etc, but mains cables? After the power has passed through miles of crap cable and tansformers, fuses, MCBs?

    Even worse: expensive HDMI cables? Until the signal degrades to the point of transmission error, it’s not going to make a difference.