## How easy is it to discern between 44.1 vs. 48 kHz for a 16-bit track?

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Reply #10 –

They're virtually the same sampling rate, and both are sufficiently high that they span the range of human hearing.

Just as a meta-discussion:

The latter is well-known, and that is also the point that is disputed by the selfproclaimed golden ears that are so cocksure they hear more than the rest of us, that they insist they need not test it.

The "virtually the same" part is well-known only among those who can calculate logarithms I think. The coders around here of course know this, but for anyone else: From 22.05 to 24 there are only three quartertones. That is, on a piano, one-and-a-half the distance from a tangent to the next (black or white).

The 20 kHz bar is about a d#, six octaves and a little above the middle-c (if I have punched the calculator right!). 22050 is nearly the f above that d#. 24000 is slightly above the f#. I.e. if you were able to actually hear the 24 mark, the 22050 would cut off only three quartertones - to the not-so-math-savvy, google can calculate the following for you: (log2(2400)-log2(2205))*12, the "*12" because there are twelve halftones on an octave.

But "two kiloherz!" sounds way more than three quartertones, until one is fluent in logs.