Ahead of the curve, Ben. As always...I am ashamed to say I never really tried to assess it seriously. #-o
YES, it is ..my answer to your question, I really don´t get it, if you ask, you don´t like music or is very restricted in your music taste,,strange Q, I like an explanation to this stupidity, thank you!!
Hearing tests ought to be the decider. How many people I wonder can genuinely (under DBT conditions) discriminate between a properly done Red Book standard recording and high res file? I can't say that I could in every case. Is it necessary? No, not to enjoy music, of course it isn't. Is it desirable? Possibly as it is technology moving forwards and there's nothing wrong in that.