Talk about personal attacks here. Reading through your rather pompous and really subjective reply to me I note that YOU have no clue what my stance is on many audio/hi-fi related topics. You have no clue as to my audio used, lived with, reviewed and tested and such as to sound quality issues of home audio. To arrogantly call me an idiot and audiophool only belittles your points and possibly reflects your level of intelligence or lack thereof. So spare me your insults and pompous remarks. Discuss as a grown adult point v. point or quite simply maybe move on.
You and some others state you/they can't hear any qualitative differences between 16/44.1 and the high rez formats , GOOD FOR YOU I GUESS! IT'S YOUR AUDITORY LOSS in my book. Just because some folks were recording engineers and other so called experts does not reveal anything special about how and if they can hear sound well. Freaking Pete Townsend and Neil Young to name but two both do record engineering and both have serious hearing issues. Some say many musicians generally have low quality home audio, they may know their sound but that does not mean they by standard know good recorded sound. Dr. Dre has his Beats headphones, they sound like sh*t IMO, but I bet he lent his name to them thinking they sound good to him. Being a claimed expert in a field does not mean you are a defacto reference standard.
In the end DS-21 believe what you want. But I have done many a serious test and reviews of home audio gear etc. I can hear sonic differences between high rez and CD sound as well as the differences between CD players too.
I never denied 16/44.1 can't sound good and is not hi-fi. I have said often in life as an audio/hi-fi fan that it can as software be engineered well or bad. Its playback gear can be made well or bad. Digital is not all the same. Is there audiophoolerie in hi-fi? YES, there is but I am not talking about such here. I'm only pointing out my experiences on the sonic issues of this debate and others would with sound logic agree with much I said. You don't, it's your choice ok? May I suggest you then save money go buy a $20 Wal Mart sold off brand Blu Ray player to watch your movies and play your CD's with ok? Obviously Digital sounds the same to you regardless of gear and format as long as its a min.16/44.1. or maybe you believe MP3 can sound just as good?
You believe what you want, I will do the same for myself. From there it will only result in a proverbial circular argument. Studies, tests and notable persons claim sonic differences, you choose otherwise , FINE! But keep your pompous attacks to yourself.