So having looked up what you were getting at.You're trying to co-opt my thread.
Yes, my views, my direction when paying: I pursue pure Hi-Fi—which we should keep in mind stands for high fidelity.
I'm not going to explore new 44.1/16 if it's going to cost me.
And I'm not always pursuing Hi-Fi, YouTube being free, the following "sounds good" to me:
Not your kind of thread? Note the title of this favourite:
Yes, Hifi does stand for Hi Fidelity.
But, what does Hifi (Hi Fidelity) mean?
Apparently it means quality reproduction of sound. No matter what the source. In contrast to crappy equipment which does not reproduce sound anywhere near as well.
So, a quality CD player, amp and speakers, reproducing a decent recording from a CD, is Hi Fidelity!!
In contrast, playing a hi quality, super dooper FLAC recording over your crappy laptop, would not be Hi Fidelity.
Fantastic. Every time you mention Hi Fidelity I'm going to ask you what decent CD player you are using!!