24bit / 44.1Khz - what's the point in that?
Well I am not questioning 'Hi-Res' 24bit files quality, but......
Last week I read some forum-posts on Computeraudiophile about the re-release of the 24bit version of Peter Gabriel's album So.
The debate was about which 'master' was used, just the one for CD of the one for SACD or a new one from the analog tapes and so on.
Then there's a release from the new Sting album which is also available in 24bit/96Khz.
Some readers mentioned that it might be an 'upsampled' version.
Also I found out that Goldfrapp has released a new album named Tales Of Us, and is available in 24b/44k FLAC.
Now that's nice but what's up with this 44Khz
Is this 'downsampled' from 96k (studio recording) or 'upsampled' from 16b/44k??
There are more of this kind of releases, usually they just mention '24b'.
I thought that 24bits is usually available in at least 48k, which could have a 'better than normal' sound as promised.
I really would like to buy some 24bit material but I'm not crazy.
All in all these kind of strange questionable releases don't make it any easier for us music-lovers to decide what to buy, right?