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Old 20th August 2019
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Originally Posted by bgrotto View Post
DAT is merely a storage medium. It's no better or worse in terms of sound quality than the DAW you use, save for its 48khz limitation (a non-issue unless you're working at 88.2 or higher). And it was significantly higher-resolution than CDs.

Have you ever used DAT? Or more specifically, have you ever printed an analog mix in parallel to DAT and compared the outcome to other formats? What exactly gets lost?
No, I did not use DAT, and it does not invalidate my point. The thing is, 48 kHz limitation is the very limitation of fidelity observed on different prosumer systems while ABing ADDA against the analogue source (mic feed or vinyl) or at different sample rates. Lost gets the depth or 3d space as well as the air around and the body of individual instruments.
As for my chain and hearing abilities, I did tests in headphones, hd580, yes, with speakers + room it is harder or impossible to hear these miniscule things. To say more, I did hear the dithered version as the better one in a proposed 32fp to 24 integer test on a inbuilt laptop DAC later confirmed on a better DAC, cant give you the link now, though the tester has my PM with my right guess. Also, on my own recording I did recognize 8 of 10 times while ABing dithered vs truncated at 24/96. Do not know whether it adds credibility to my hearing/words/experience.