Originally Posted by Thorham
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...
That seems obvious. If we play some music which is f.e. at 1/8th of max peak, we drop from 16 to 13 bits - not really a big deal. However if we start with 8 bit, we end at 5. Not good.
8 bit can sound good, but only if it's fully used.