Can music fans really tell the difference between standard and high-resolution audio? According to a study by Queen Mary University of London, yes they can. It compared data from more than 12k trials of people being asked to spot the difference between different quality levels of music formats. “Audio purists and industry should welcome these findings – our study finds high resolution audio has a small but important advantage in its quality of reproduction over standard audio content,” said Dr Joshua Reiss from QMUL’s Centre for Digital Music in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. The study focused on classical and jazz music, note. “Our study is the first attempt to have a thorough and impartial look at whether high res audio can be heard.  We gathered 80 publications, and analysed all available data, even asking authors of earlier studies for their original reports from old filing cabinets. We subjected the data to many forms of analysis. The effect was clear, and there were some indicators as to what conditions demonstrate it most effectively. Hopefully, we can now move forward towards identifying how and why we perceive these differences.”

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