This week's question comes from Phil, who is an audiophile. He bought a Pono Player and he's not impressed by the high resolution tracks, which are more expensive at $8-18 a CD. He only found them marginally better than ripped CDs saved at FLAC. Leo says that's interesting. It's only slightly more expensive in his opinion and Phil can tell the difference.
Scott says that his high resolution experiment on AVSForum proved that with systems not capable of high resolution playback, half chose the correct choice by chance, while those who did get it right, chose the right track 80% of the time. That's significant. If Phil were to have the right gear, he should be able to tell the difference. Leo says that while he bought a Pono, he probably can't hear the difference after a career in radio. But if he's going to get into audio, why not pay a few bucks and get the hi resolution master? He cites Paul McCartney and Wings' Band on the Run as an outstanding example of the nuance he'd get because they offer uncompressed tracks.