Forget 24-bit; can you even tell the difference between 16- and 8-bit?

I can’t.

I’ve recently been upgrading my audio equipment, mainly by buying some stand-alone DACs and better headphones/IEMs. Some folks I know say that now I’ll really be able to enjoy the benefits of HD audio.

Unfortunately, all of the actual research I’ve read —more and more as I try and get up to speed on current audiophile equipment — proves definitively that human beings simply can’t tell the difference, and so HD audio is a sham.

A great article on Tom’s Hardware (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/high-end-pc-audio,3733.html) pointed me to this site, which features various blind tests to assess your hearing. This one tests whether you can tell the difference between 16- and 8-bit versions of the same audio.

Using my new 1MORE Triple Driver IEMs and a Fiio Olympus 2 DAC/amp — low-end audiophile, but still a huge step up from what most people use — hooked up to my MacBook, I can’t reliably pass this test.

Can you?

I’m a great believer in getting the best audio equipment you can comfortably afford if you care about music. But the more I delve into audiophile sites, the more I feel like they feature a staggering amount of subjectivity and pseudo- to non-scientific reasoning. Ergo, I think it’s important to subject myself to tests like these and to rely on verifiable research.

http://www.audiocheck.net/blindtests_16vs8bit.php

As seen on a private share: first edition Pendragon RPG is available for free until the end of January! Grab it!

Notice how it says “Thanks to follwers @stewartwieck on Twitter, this 1st edition of KAP is available free until January 31, 2017! Please enjoy this game, a well-deserved, widely-acknowledged classic RPG.”
Does anybody know what happened?

On Twitter, his profile says:
Stewart Wieck
@stewartwieck
Novelist & game designer. Founded White Wolf Publishing. Designer of Mage: The Ascension. Still publishing games as owner of Nocturnal Media and West End Games.
https://twitter.com/stewartwieck

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/3125/King-Arthur-Pendragon-1st-Edition

I never thought in a million years I would miss an outgoing president, and lord knows Obama has done plenty of things of which I don’t approve… but, man, if you want to get all choked up, look at this collection of photos Judd Karlman posted.

Aside: I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a presidential couple do as good a job of looking happy together as the Obamas. Could be PR magic, but still.

http://juddgeeksout.tumblr.com/post/155744868785/nubbsgalore-nubbsgalore-happy-obamaday