Confused by remasters. When do they make a difference? If the original digital file has a certain resolution, how can there be any way to increase the resolution simply by running it through a machine with more bits or whatever? I ask this because I've heard plenty of remasters that were not audible improvements.
I can certainly see remasters from analog -- Sony's remasters of Walter's Beethoven symphonies did wonders for recordings that were already pretty good. Or from some early digital, where recordings were often bright or shrill. But am I wrong in suspecting that remasters are often just marketing ploys to sell some new copies?
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