"With most audio codecs, this bitrate is indistinguishable from CD quality for the majority of consumers. " On a portable player, yes I agree. On most midline multimedia dreck, yes I agree. On high-end multimedia gear (no, we're not talking any of the Logitech speaker / Creative Labs sound card junk - that's the aforementioned midline multimedia dreck) it becomes much easier to tell the difference and it's a dead giveaway on any DVD player hooked up to a home system. You'd have to be pretty deaf to miss the difference in the latter environment. If you're streaming audio across the web, who cares - that's glorified background noise anyway and a throwaway.
[edited by Roj on 13.05.2004 11:32]