Higher sample rates such as 96 kHz or 192 kHz are better for ears

There are articles on the Internet that try to convince you that consumer equipment with higher bit depth and sample rate than 16 bit 44100 Hz or 48000 Hz has no benefit for a listener.

This appears to be misleading.

Here is why:

Nyquist theorem states that to be reconstructed correctly a signal MUST be captured with sample rate more than twice its highest frequency.

Nyquist theorem does not say that reconstruction of a signal will be correct in all cases.

The closer a frequency to Nyquist frequency is the more mathematically ideal circumstances in which it is being decoded need to be.

This is often not the case.

When signal contains frequency close to Nyquist frequency, a mathematically ideal signal reconstruction filter still needs the frequency to be sampled long enough to be reconstructed.

There are short and still audible sounds, so…

This is often not the case.

Original sound has to be properly mastered to fit 44100 Hz or 48000 Hz well.

This is often not the case.

And, pay attention: “to be mastered” means to be not natural.

Digital signal reconstruction filter is a beast running upsampling algorithm on high clock processors. Do all DACs feature a good one?

While in theory one can reconstruct many things from ruins, is it a best way to go?

To have media files of higher sample rate is a modest way to achieve better quality of sound.

Even if it is not always possible to consciously feel the difference, ears and nerves do feel the difference.

Y. V. Grebenkin


What Nyquist Didn’t Say, and What to Do Aboit It

Nyquist Frequency Phase Shift

Reconstruction filter

DAC Reconstruction Filter
“Digital and SC [Switched Capacitor] filter possible only in combination with oversampling (signal bandwidth B << fs/2)”


© 2017 Yury Grebenkin