Thanks for the advice, I shall have to give this a try when I can find a moment.
I am not familiar with “Fre:ac” is that a free/share bit of software ? It’s an academic question as I have ripped all my CDs last summer and now I generally buy downloads - unless I see something in the secondhand shop or bargain bin.
Like you I question my ability to truly discern the highest res files after a lifetime of roach concerts, motorcycles etc. What I do notice much more now is the quality and style of music production between different albums. I have found some fantastic production on 1950s/1960s albums and some dire production on 1980s stuff.
I am pretty happy with my setup now and I get the real feeling of being in a studio control room or, in the case o live albums, standing up from the by the stage. It’s that sense of reality that I wanted and not the ability to “split hairs” reviewing music or the kit it is played on.
Thanks for taking the time to get in touch and Ill let you know how I get on.
All the best