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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus View Post
I've really been looking forward to hearing the new Sade CD. That really bites.
How do you like those Warren Haynes CD's?
post #137 of 274
For the Mac, I use XLD to convert directly into ALAC keeping the 24/96 in place. For some reason Max just gives you static with hi-res files. I believe once you have XLD setup, you just add the files into it and it will start converting. Then you can add them to iTunes. Make sure you go to preferences and choose Apple Lossless.

http://www.soft32.com/Download/Free/XLD/4-203317-1.html
post #138 of 274
What everyone else said (positive), and:

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Originally Posted by vcoheda View Post
listening to it now on my 306 SACD. here's what i did.

- downloaded FLAC files (non-HD version)
- used Switch Sound File Converter (free program) to convert to WAV [PCM, 44.1 kHz/16 bit stereo]
But you could use your 306 as a DAC to play the 24/96 ones!

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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post
Downloaded on Saturday and listened during the week end. As expected the recording quality is excellent, but I've got some doubt about the artistic quality (some tracks are simply too distant from what I usually listen to).
But it is a nice idea, well done :-)
You're judging "artistic quality" by the difference from what you usually listen to? :facepalm:

EDIT: Sorry realmassy, I misunderstood the sentence. Facepalm was not warranted.
post #139 of 274
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Originally Posted by iamoneagain View Post
For the Mac, I use XLD to convert directly into ALAC keeping the 24/96 in place. For some reason Max just gives you static with hi-res files. I believe once you have XLD setup, you just add the files into it and it will start converting. Then you can add them to iTunes. Make sure you go to preferences and choose Apple Lossless.

XLD Download
I love XLD, been using it forever, but i didnt know ALAC could do hi res files like that, thats good to know.

Once i finally get my amp and i can use my dac i will be downloading this pronto cant wait to here an audiophile recording.
post #140 of 274
Putting that album on a DAP, screws up my organization because the ID3 tagging organizes "Albums" and "Artists" as onesy twosy identities and places them all over the storage media.
I am going to have to mess with the tagging unless someone has a better suggestion.
post #141 of 274
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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
Putting that album on a DAP, screws up my organization because the ID3 tagging organizes "Albums" and "Artists" as onesy twosy identities and places them all over the storage media.
I am going to have to mess with the tagging unless someone has a better suggestion.
I dont know how one would do it with any other player, but i know with iTunes ill tag it as a compilation and i think that will put it all together? or ill jsut make a playlist and be done with it
post #142 of 274
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Originally Posted by Icenine2 View Post
This is big fun. Get it in the FLAC High-res and go nuts listening to it. Too bad everything doesn't sound this great. With such great tracks too this makes me think my personal music library is one dimensional. (Emphasis added.)

K
x2.

Makes u wonder where digital music is headed in the next couple of years. Most likely toward hi-res, with 24/96 being the standard and audiophile moving toward even higher res. I'm also beginning to feel that the primary method of distribution will be via computer and the web, bypassing CDs completely.

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Originally Posted by ManAtWork View Post
What a fantastic gift! I am the big fan of Chesky records, and I paid immediately for the FLAC version. Hope there are more similar cooperative projects for Head-Fi. Thank you very much for everyone who gave out the effort.
(emphasis added)

x2.

I wouldn't mind seeing Head-Fi and HDtracks getting together once again for an ambitious long-term series on hi-res "test albums" for the different genres, which would include some of the best examples in each.
post #143 of 274
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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
Got it and am using it, thanks.

Hey, where's the amp between your TWag mini to mini and your Livewires on your portable rig?
Hopefully its on Justin's table getting ready for dispatch

did you get a chance to try track 7 ?
post #144 of 274
Very nice idea and good recordings. I bought the tracks and have very much enjoyed.
I wrote up a Japanese introduction article on my Japanese blog to let the people know this great work.
Music TO GO!: Headfi and HDtracks headphone references

Thanks Jude!
post #145 of 274
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Originally Posted by iamoneagain View Post
For the Mac, I use XLD to convert directly into ALAC keeping the 24/96 in place. For some reason Max just gives you static with hi-res files.
you might use COG then, instead. I haven't had any problems playing hirez files through it. - a friend downloaded the Chesky-Headfi files and had problems transcoding them for iTunes, I'll have to remind him about XLD, thx.
post #146 of 274
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Originally Posted by hvu View Post
I think it is the 88.2KHz sample rate that is causing the issue because when I convert it to it to 96 KHz it plays without any issue. I just think it is because some systems don't support 88.2KHz.
You where right about the sample rate being 88.2. I just opened it in audacity and it confirmed it.




I exported it as 24/96 flac and now its playing fine on the HiFiMan Yeah!!. The only thing is after all that hassle i don't really like it .

So just for reference for any others who cant play it Track 7 is definitely 24/88.2
post #147 of 274
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post #148 of 274
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Originally Posted by feifan View Post
Makes u wonder where digital music is headed in the next couple of years. Most likely toward hi-res, with 24/96 being the standard and audiophile moving toward even higher res. I'm also beginning to feel that the primary method of distribution will be via computer and the web, bypassing CDs completely.
I agree that the CD is a dying medium, but since the benefit of resolutions much higher than 16/44.1 is debatable as-is, I don't think there's a significant push towards higher res. Especially for the mainstream market considering most people are fully satisfied with (16/44.1) 128kbps AAC .
post #149 of 274
I think it would be nice for users who bought 96/24 versions to have access to the 16/44.1 versions for free. The thought is this, people who have 96/24 systems will buy the 96/24 versions. However, to play back as a CD, people with the hi-res version are doing their own sample rate conversion. The act of doing so using different software and methods means people are not listening to the exact same thing anymore when it comes to 16/44.1 playback. There could be no dither, different dithering methods applied, etc etc. Especially difficult because the sample rates are not multiples of each other, the end result could be quite different depending on how you do the SRC.

However, if purchasers are allowed access to the 16/44.1 versions as well, then with one purchase we all have at least one version as a baseline we are comparing against.
post #150 of 274
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Originally Posted by froasier View Post
You're judging "artistic quality" by the difference from what you usually listen to? :facepalm:
I said I've some doubts about the artistic quality, because this is not the music I usually listen to... SO I CAN'T JUDGE
No need to facepalm please
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