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This same argument can be made for many things

Why have an engine in my car that can exceed all speed limits?

Why have a heating and cooling system in my house that can exceed any comfortable level?

Why have lights that get brighter than I need?

Why have an internet connection that exceeds what I need now? ========

I keep all my music rips in uncompressed FLAC - 1) because i can 2) because I have the most flexibility (transcodes) 3) because it is capable of capturing _more_ signal that the original contains

No point in bottlenecking my audio just because _other_ people are unable to appreciate it.




Your examples all have good reasons though.

> Why have an engine in my car that can exceed all speed limits?

So I can drive faster than the speed limit if I want to. (And I do)

> Why have a heating and cooling system in my house that can exceed any comfortable level?

Well, you shouldn't oversize your HVAC system if you want to save money. But it's nice to be able to achieve your target temp in a reasonable time period. Any system that can heat your house by 10°F in 20 minutes will—as a side effect—also be able to heat it to 90°F if you were to set it there.

> Why have lights that get brighter than I need?

Other people may need that extra brightness. You can choose dimmer lights if you want. In any case, there's a clear difference between the two choices.

> Why have an internet connection that exceeds what I need now?

Again, other people may need that extra bandwidth. If you can choose a slower one, then do so.

The point of this article is that 24/192 downloads do not improve anything. It's like having a car engine with blue anodized cylinder heads. Nothing about the performance will benefit from the color change of the heads. Or using gold plated ducts for your heating system. The quality of the air is not affected by that.

Our ears are not capable of hearing the differences when they affect only frequencies above our range. Imagine if those lights boasted that they rendered 200nm light more faithfully. That improvement is wasted on your eyes.


More analogies—

It's like printing your brochures at 160,000 DPI instead of 2,400 DPI. The difference is entirely imperceptible by the human sensory system without artificial augmentation.

It's like capturing the invisible infrared light spectrum in a cinematic movie camera so it can be projected back to cinemagoers as infrared light in the theatre.


Yours are much better than mine. Closer to the real issue with 24/192.


> No point in bottlenecking my audio just because _other_ people are unable to appreciate it.

The entire point of the post is that _nobody_ can appreciate it. It is entirely a waste of space at best, and a cynical marketing ploy at worst.




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