Evaluating audio quality from the latest field test can be tricky business. At time higher sample rates can be an asset at other times a detriment. Around 1983 digital audio formats entered the consumer format with the 16-bit/44.1kHZ standard. While some purists still claim analog is more enjoyable, advances in technology give today’s laptops higher recording precision that those early converters. With this better equipment some designers are doubling the kHZ of the sample, but it is yet to be proven whether the product is better.
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Are higher sampling rates always better? Justin Colletti tells us when.