Of course I did.
I took several different types of music and ripped them on the HF
WAV/AIFF/FLAC makes no difference to me.
Then I ripped to the highest quality MP3 the HF sports (320 kbs I believe)
The difference in a straight A/B comparison is clearly audible.
Now listening test are highly subjective so I asked my wife to listen. She doesn't have the high end neurosis I'm prone to but for her the differences where also easy to hear.
I don't think one is in need of a delicate 'ear' to spot these differences.
It often starts with the weakest spot of any audio system: the speakers. Most speakers are not able to reproduce small details. They more or less blurr the signal.
A lot of speaker systems have a heavy bass if not booming and brilliant high and the midrange is weak.
A lot of people are simply not sensitive to sound quality. Take car stereo as an example, excessive base, over brilliant high. It sounds as unfaithful to the original as possible but a lot of people likes it. In fact you can buy home stereo systems with 'atmospheres' like 'stadium', 'concert hall' and of course "car stereo".
Now I have a question for a technical well educated guy like you.
If one removes part of the information from a redbook audio CD, how could you expect the result to sound the same?
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