I guess it makes sense to bring this topic into here.
I’m no expert but I have done a bunch of reading on this topic. I’ll just go ahead and puke out a bunch of thoughts
I would adhere to the 16/44 school of thought. I would understand that 24/44 would perhaps be a little better and in this day… what… 30-35 years after the advent of the cd when the 16/44 standard was laid down…24/44 should be easily implemented.
Anything more is in my opinion unnecessary baggage in the data.
How I understand the bits is that the 16 bits are how often an analog sound is being converted into a digital value. So the higher that bit the more frequent a value is being taken from the analog sound.
How I understand the second number is the total possible frequency on both left and right. So really it’s half. ie 22kHz on each side of a stereo signal in the case of the 44 number.
I have read about brain response to ultrasonic sounds where perhaps the “sound” is being detected through the skin or bones and that the brain “sees” it. But is it “music”? I understand in an analog environment that harmonics may go ultrasonic. But again is it music?
Then there are all the stops along the way from original making of the sound to recording equipment to mastering equipment to the recorded sound media. And that’s just the input. Then there’s the play back equipment from the media player to the possibly analog amplifier to the speakers or if digital then to the digital to analog converter to the digital or analog amplifier and finally out to the speakers. All of those parts (and internal filters etc) have to have all the right capabilities to maximize the sound reproduction. If some don’t (and you’re not going to know a great many of them) then you can’t possibly get that maximum sound.
Then there’s us. We are here because our ears are failing us. Good freakin’ luck with that 24/192 music file you downloaded. We will never regain the sound sensing capability that we had in our teens before we killed our ears with loud concerts, load music in headphones, loud work environments, unprotected gunfire etc. or if you did everything right…just plain old simple aging.