I work with sound for a living.
I have placed the same cut from 128, 192, 256 and 320 into a human ear sound analysis test range with a $100,000 sound sampling oscilloscope and the full wave form across the entire spectrum of the human ear is filled.
Further analysis shows that the main problem with mp3 sound samples in not in the bit but the distorted recording setting at any bit. Other words, people have a tendency to rip music at a height of input much higher then is needed causing envelop folding of all wave forms adding distortion in the applied recording.
Higher then 95% input is damaging to the recording as it leaves little overhead. My rule of thumb is to not record any audio over 89.2% as this will give your recording a level for overhead. All sounds have peeks and valleys which has to be given space for or its distorted by envelop folding for highs and crashes (base muffling) for lows.
To acquire a good recording you must stay within a channel of tones and then it is only replicated by the quality of the listening equipment and the receivers ear. Both of which by the way are never the same or ever perfect.
What I am saying is there is a heck of a lot more to the quality of sound then just the bit it is replicated at. Everyone is tone deaf at some level. You can play one sound clip to 100 different people and everyone of them will hear the same clip differently at some point. This has been proven in sound lab testes over and over. Then you put in the factor of human acceptance (like this sound or not) the best you can come up with from any recording is 88% acceptance.
So, you see, your fighting a loosing battle to try to explain the best quality. Just don't over peak your recording and let the individual receiver adjust the listening level for their own ear and equipment. Do your part by just sampling at a modest level. That's all that you or anyone else can or ever do to appease anyone.
Quality of input recording is the best answer as bit replication depth has little effect as long as it is kept within acceptable reason. Just my opinion after 30+ years experience.