no probs :)
i can see myself getting into the the tracks more tbh ... now if apple get on teh bandwagon it might get interesting ... does mean i got to get myself a nice big external hardrive tho .. as with the size of these files it might take up alot of space lol
and ive only got 500 gb hardrive on my media pc ... which has a EDITEDload of games on it .. i got 150 gb left ... so i need to make a musci only hd i think
Sorry to hijack this thread, but where can you source these 96/24 downloads?
The reason I ask was that whilst demoing the Marantz MCR603 today, the shop streamed a 96/24 file of Queen's "Another one Bites The Dust". The sound was awesome, but I'd like to download it myself and compare with a standard CD/Flac replay.
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well there are a few online retailers that do hd audio ... but there are not alot of mainstream albums available
in this topic the music has come from https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php
the queen tracks your referign might have been sacd ... you sure it was a stream ?
It seems that the majority of HD Tracks's 88-96/24 material is sourced from SACDs' DSD masters - the obvious clue is that most of HD Tracks's artwork PDFs bear the SACD-logo and at some stage the material has been/is still available as an SACD.
Meanwhile, the clarification that the 'Stones's hi-res series is DSD-sourced would seem to confirm that the SACD-logo on the PDFs is more than coincidence?
At a guess, though, maybe the process of producing a 96/24 file from an SACD/DSD is more complex than mere 'ripping' - or perhaps not?
Sorry to hijack this thread, but where can you source these 96/24 downloads? ...
Blue Coast Records
Bowers and Wilkins - Society of Sound
Gimell Records (96k/24bit, 48k/24bit, 44.1k/16bit of the The Tallis Scholars)
High Res Music
High Definition Tape Transfers
2L's high-res download test bench (free samples)
If you're UK-based, it's worth noting that HD Tracks will only accept payment via PayPal.
Thanks for the comments and list Talon/6th
As for the Queen track, it was definitely being streamed to the 603 from the shops Xiva MusicM8 NAS. Maybe it was a rip from a SACD (possible I presume?), I must ask when I go back in. Either way that track "Another One Bites The Dust" is terrific for highlighting your systems capabilities.
I've tried to register with HD Tracks but it wont accept my Email address ********.co.uk. Upon closer inspection it says USA only.
Pity really, they have plenty of stuff I'd like to investigate.
Any way around this perhaps?
Open an email account for your HD Tracks stuff at Gmail.com? I'm UK-based, use a .com email service and PayPal and have no probs with HD Tracks
Cheers 6R - I'll give it a try, I'm sure I've got a Virgin email address that I never use, that might be a .Com address.
Yup, my redundant Virgin email address did the trick, I'm registered on HD Tracks now so I'll see about trying some High Res in the near future. They've got some nice jazz there that I'm a bit keen on trying.
Yup, my redundant Virgin email address did the trick, I'm registered on HD Tracks now ... They've got some nice jazz there that I'm a bit keen on trying.
Glad it worked.
Yep, plenty of fine jazz in 88-96/24, including (IMHO):
Sophisticated Ladies (Melody Gardot, Renée Fleming et al). Recent release, fine performances, great hi-res SQ.
Coltrane's A Love Supreme - it'd be rude not to!
Jon Hassell's Fascinoma - great example of the hi-res format and meticulous, 'unprocessed' recording tech; has a heeoooge dynamic range.
And there're plenty more goodies
But, if you have an SACD player, it's worth cross-referencing the cost of the SACD versions on Amazon, which are sometimes cheaper than HD Tracks's hi-res DLs
No I dont have a SACD player, actually until my MCR603 arrives I dont own a stand alone CD player now.
There is quite a bit of ECM hi-res on there that interests me.
The Keith Jarrett 24/96 DL of "The Koln Concert" is $17.98 (£12.00) which is OK.
I've seen plenty of stuff for about $12 too, so once payday comes around I may well treat myself
I have several copies of GYBR on disc, including the MoFi, the SACD and the original 2CD fatbox on the West German DJM label. All of which are excellent. The SACD is good, but not massively better - it's one of those releases where you can do quite nicely with any of them, although I prefer the MoFi as it fits everything onto the one disc. It's also one of the more readily available of their discs too - got mine for £7 in Edinburgh's (brilliant) Hogs Head secondhand CD shop a few years ago.
EDIT: Just listening to the West German 2CD issue and it's brilliant, lovely bass, drums sound great, nice balance overall. You could get this for a fiver most likely off Amazon or the like.
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