Do consumers really benefit from 24-bit files?
Yes. The sound is noticeably better.
16 bit audio is plenty sufficient to cover the dynamic range of the human ear. 24 bit audio only really gives any benefit during production and recording but NOT PLAYBACK as it gives you more headroom for noise floor etc. Anyone who tells you any different either doesn't understand how digital audio works or is trying to sell you something in the name of pseudoscience and factoids whilst exploiting the fact that you don't know how digital audio works. Try a (genuine) double blind test a 44.1khz/16 bit audio file and an 44.1khz/24 bit file and see for for yourself.
If you play a 24bit file on blu-ray player, through a receiver that has a 24bit D/A converter, I would like to debate that even the common listener would hear a difference. I am extremely new to higher bit digital music, but I do have a seasoned ear. Any knowledge is appreciated as this is my favorite new subject.
I have wav files of Red Hot Chili Peppers of Mother's Milk in 16/44 and 24/192 and you can clearly perceive a difference is like more vivid, more detail and bigger soundstage.
I have some DSD64 and DS128 and I'm looking to get the same in 16/44 or a CD and rip it to check if there is a difference.
Here the associated equipment
Auralic Vega DAC
Wyred 4 sound monoblocks
MIT XLR cables
Bybee speaker bullet cables
Synergistic Research USB cable
Shunyata power cables
Converted 16/44 and 24/192 files to DSD-128 using Korg Audiogate software: outstanding and big sound, the difference between wav and DSD file is huge. Wish websites start offering more DSD downloads. JRiver 19 will offer on the fly conversion of files to DSD-128 before playing the file, check it out, you must have a DSD capable DAC.
Are all the wav files 24bit or just the files in the link above?
Also what sample rate are the files?