Originally Posted by NorthWay
BTW, a while ago I was visiting a site with frequency tests etc and they had a comparison between a 16-bit sample and a properly processed 8-bit version of it (I think the frequency was high for both - probably 44KHz) and to my great surprise I had trouble hearing the difference with my Porta Pro connected to my work laptop. I don't know if that says more about the gear and my ears, but I had expected this to be a walkover and clear as day.
Again, it depends on the music. Loud music with limited dynamic range will often sound just fine in 8bit. Now try music with soft passages, like classical music...