2) the quality of the recording and skill of the recording engineer in mastering the digital recording is a key factor across all versions.
(3) no need for me to go to a 3rd party blurb ... I have an assortment of of the same digital recordings in various bit rates to give me the direct shoot-out test results. [ (i) mp3, (ii) 16/44, (iii) 24/96 and (iv) 24/192 ].
My take: Not even close...In any case the audio performance improvements are progressive:in lockstep with the bit rates.
- The better the bit rate recording played on a high-end system the better the audio resolution and performance.
- At the extremes it is graphic.