In the past few weeks, I’ve had conversations with intelligent, scientifically minded individuals who believe in 24/192 downloads and want to know how anyone could possibly disagree. They asked good questions that deserve detailed answers.
I was also interested in what motivated high-rate digital audio advocacy. Responses indicate that few people understand basic signal theory or the sampling theorem, which is hardly surprising. Misunderstandings of the mathematics, technology, and physiology arose in most of the conversations, often asserted by professionals who otherwise possessed significant audio expertise. Some even argued that the sampling theorem doesn’t really explain how digital audio actually works.
Misinformation and superstition only serve charlatans. So, let’s cover some of the basics of why 24/192 distribution makes no sense before suggesting some improvements that actually do.
The article is from 2012, but it’s still an interesting insight into these highly technical matters few of us understand properly.