The best reproduced sound I may have ever heard was many years ago (about 1994) when I stepped into an isolated vendor booth for Meyer Sound at some music industry event in New York City.
There to field questions on the merits of the technology within the speakers was the great recording engineer Roger Nichols, and through the HD-1 speakers—which Nichols had encouraged Meyer to release commercially—came the pristine and vibrant sounds of Donald Fagen and Steely Dan.
It was, hands down, the most captivated I had ever been by a recording up until that point (I have since, and many times over, been in recording studios where that level of superior quality is a given).
I still can’t afford Meyer Sound. Yet I do take Mr. Meyer’s words to heart if he says “Stop chasing the next big thing, and go with FLAC instead.” There is plenty of speculation and some reasonable blind testing aimed at what we can and cannot hear and where to draw the line for the “average” consumer—and you can make yourself dizzy chasing it (here is my recent shorthand assessment). My own experience says I think Meyer might know at least a little something about this.
“…any company pushing (and) trying to make a buck with selling upsampled music is just out to sell snake oil. ‘It’s tricking people who don’t know enough about technology'”