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Where to GET (buy) high end music files ?

post #1 of 22
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So.. I am entering the world of high end headphone listening. But I only own about 15 CDs and about 150 MP3-type files.

I have listened to streaming music or radio for most of my life.

So now that I will have some killer gear, how do I find killer music? What are the best sites to get high fi music? Do I have to simply buy the CDs?

I have no problem paying for it, so long as it doesn't have insane DRM requirements that will make it a pain to listen to in 3 years!
post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by lordsegan View Post
So now that I will have some killer gear, how do I find killer music? What are the best sites to get high fi music? Do I have to simply buy the CDs?
I have no idea from what planet you came, but Google is your friend!
post #3 of 22
buy cds, man. hit up the used sections.
post #4 of 22
Taken from a Google search (no personal experience):
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by keanej6 View Post
buy cds, man. hit up the used sections.
My understanding is that CDs max out at 16 bit, 44khz (ish). No? I am talking about 24 bit, 96+
post #6 of 22
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My understanding is that CDs max out at 16 bit, 44khz (ish). No? I am talking about 24 bit, 96+
Depends on how the CD was mastered. If you buy Hybrid SACDs, those usually come with 24-bit mastering.

When you rip it, it also depends on what program you use to rip it. Just as an FYI, iTunes will not rip/playback 24/96 files.
post #7 of 22
Don't bother with HD track, standard CD quality (44kHz/16 bit) is perfectly fine, what makes a track shine is how well the sound engineered mastered it. And you won't make the difference unless you have "golden ears" and some very good gear.

I would rather focus on getting "killer music" than "killer quality", learn to enjoy the music first, some of the best music I've heard (eg minor swing by Django Reinhard) is horribly recorded.

For now the most convenient medium remains CDs (mostly because of the choice).
post #8 of 22
Magnatune: license music and MP3 download

They have hundreds of lossless cd quality albums for a minimum of $10/month for 3 months download membership. Streaming membership is cheaper. Most albums have good recording quality, occasional album has poor quality. You can sample pretty much everything they have without a membership to see if you like it, has some of every genre except hip hop.
post #9 of 22
You can download music from Bandcamp in every file format under the sun, assuming there's an artist you like that's on it.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by khaos974 View Post
Don't bother with HD track, standard CD quality (44kHz/16 bit) is perfectly fine, what makes a track shine is how well the sound engineered mastered it. And you won't make the difference unless you have "golden ears" and some very good gear.

I would rather focus on getting "killer music" than "killer quality", learn to enjoy the music first, some of the best music I've heard (eg minor swing by Django Reinhard) is horribly recorded.

For now the most convenient medium remains CDs (mostly because of the choice).
Well said. Too many people think higher bit rates and depths automatically confer some sort of musical magic to a recording; they become obsessed with the hardware and software used to produce the music, and lose sight of the music itself.

I've been down the rabbit hole of listening to the equipment rather than the music. I understand the seductive appeal of chasing the holy grail of sound quality via HDCD, DVD-Audio, SACD, 24-bit/96 kHz downloads, etc. But when you start down that path, your musical choices shrink to a vanishingly small universe. You spend hours searching for music that fits your gear rather than music you really want to listen to.

I'm (mostly) cured of this obsession because I realized that most, if not all, the music I want to listen to are on regular old CDs. Just rip them (losslessly), get a good DAC, amp and speakers, then forget about the hardware and ENJOY THE MUSIC.
post #11 of 22
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post #12 of 22
It's amazing how normal cd's can vary in recording quality. And the reason why modern pop cd's are so poorly recorded is because consumers are accustomed to that level of compression and the people producing the crap take no pride in their work. When people go shopping for equipment that can play "higher than cd quality" I think they're being cheated big time because most cd's don't even try to utilize a normal cd's potential, and unless buyers get lucky or get albums aimed at audiophiles their "better than cd" album will be the same crap.
post #13 of 22
Amazon is great for used CD's. I have tested 24/96 recorded music with dumbed down 16/44.1 versions and hear no real difference.
post #14 of 22
16/44.1 CDs are more than fine.

As for high quality downloads, the only place I can think of with high quality digital files (320kbps MP3) with a wide selection is millisong.com.
post #15 of 22
used CD's are the cheapest way to get them. I typically use amazon or half.com
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