[linux-audio-user] sampling at high frequencies

Steve Harris S.W.Harris at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Mon Jan 26 04:40:03 EST 2004

On Mon, Jan 26, 2004 at 10:19:59 +0100, Joern Nettingsmeier wrote:
> imnsho, all this sampling rate hype is a clever industry ploy to keep 
> people from thinking that their hardware is finally good enough and they 
> can stop buying now.

Probably true but...
> people can't hear over 20k. period. 48k sampling rate gives you 24k 
> minus what's cropped off by the aliasing filter. granted, higher 
> sampling allows you to use a simpler, less steep aliasing filter, and 
> some people claim to perceive an improvement from that. but even then, 
> 96k should be enough.

This is not quite correct. While humans can not hear continuous tones over
20-odd kHz that is not the whole story, the frequency reproduction also
limits the minimum transient rise time, which is detected by a different
part of the ear (IIRC, IANABiologist and my psychoacoustics textbook is at

I dont know wether I, personally can tell the difference between a 48 and
96 recording, but I'm not going to rule it out.

- Steve

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