HQPlayer upsampling making me rethink need for hi-res Tidal/Qobuz streaming

When both hi-res and CD-quality Tidal/Qobuz streams get upsampled using HQPlayer, I can’t honestly say that the hi-res versions sound any better. Like, if I’m using HQPlayer to upsample to 386k, what difference does it make whether one starts with 44.1k or 192k?

Might be my system simply isn’t resolving enough. It’s good, but it’s not an esoteric audiophile situation. Using mac mini + NAA as endpoint, going through a Parasound HINT6 into Magnepan .7i speakers.

So I’ve started to specify within Roon to only stream the CD-quality versions from Tidal/Qobuz.

(One other reason I started doing this is that occasionally the Hi-res version of an album on T/Q will have tracks that appear to be “unavailable” in Roon. Not sure why. I’ll check the 16/44.1 version, and I can then play the track.)

Anyway, anyone else experience this? That 16/44.1 + HQPlayer sounds just as good as Hi-Res + HQPlayer?

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Well, I think that HQP’s filters can be fantastic, so, it wouldn’t surprise me that the difference between streamed CD/Hi Res sources can sound minimal.

I find that the Hi-Rez offer just a bit more body/mid-bass to the music. It is however recording sensitive.

Cheers,