I have a seen a thread from 2013 here discussing 24 bit verses 16 bit sound. But, I think it lacked one aspect of sound.
Most people are pretty certain that 24 bit color photo is more true to life than 16 bit color. Between two similar shades of blue, there can be an infinite number of gradations of shade.
This seems, to me, to be the same in music. Between the force of one pluck and another similar one, there is an infinite number of gradations. Between an A played on one french horn as opposed to an A played on another, there can also be an infinite number of gradations and variations.
24 bit should be able to capture far more of the different possible gradations than 16 bit.
The improvement from 16 bit to 24 bit is not the dynamic range at either end or higher frequency but the sound IN BETWEEN one similar thing and another. Giving a more true to life reproduction of that actual instrument as it was actually played.
Am I off??
Is it possible that music is the ONLY area of art or computer work which does not benefit from higher bit rates??