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post #196 of 274
Very very enjoyable diverse compilation of exciting artists/tracks. Yummy!!
post #197 of 274
I don't see any action on possibly making the 44.1 khz tracks free to 96 khz buyers. Maybe this site which shows the difference between lots of sample rate converters will convince people that doing your own conversion and trying to compare with sound to someone else doing their own conversion is not a good idea. The resulting files look different and probably sound different. SRC Comparisons

Please, HDTracks, give us the 44.1 khz tracks for free if we are buying the 96 khz ones. For comparison purposes it's much accurate that all of us are using the same tracks instead of doing our own sample rate conversion once we've bought one set of the tracks already. I'm sure many people will be turned off about buying another lower-res set of tracks when they can src then burn to play it on their CD player since they already own the high res set.

And by the way, what was used to do the sample rate conversion of the hi-res material to 44.1 khz, HDTracks? (I wonder if anyone from HDTracks actually reads this forum, maybe I'm just talking to myself.)
post #198 of 274
I'm sorry...what?
post #199 of 274

I'd Like to See Them Put Professionally On Discs

The only real hi-fidelity way to test my headphones is through my hifi system. If I download these file to my computer, I'll be limited to the quality of my computer's ability to burning a CD, which is not great.

Perhaps these albums could be made available on discs that can be played on an appropriate playback source equipment.
post #200 of 274
Bought the hi-res version - fun to listen to even if it's stuff I wouldn't normally hear. It's been interesting comparing my different headphones with some of these tracks. Usual conflicting results, but thats another story - must not spend any more money!

Question. Every HD track I own ( which isn't many, my genres aren't generally available in HD ), including these, sound fantastic - significantly better than 'normal' albums I buy - even the well produced ones. Most of the HD I own are test tracks like these. Is it because the hi-res tracks are so usually beautifully recorded in the first place that they sound so good, or is the quality of reproduction due to the fact that are hi-res?
post #201 of 274
Anyone know who wrote that bassoon concerto?
post #202 of 274
I paid for and downloaded the 44.1k version. And it's got some useful tracks for evaluating equipment. But the skeptic in me can't help but wonder if this is not just an obvious commercial action on Chesky's part to publicize their stuff and get headphone nuts to buy the full length albums. They're basically selling a sampler of their releases. Did I miss something? Or am I just being cynical?
post #203 of 274
It might be so. But then again, if we all paid for it here and like it, what's the problem?
post #204 of 274
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Originally Posted by Bengt77 View Post
It might be so. But then again, if we all paid for it here and like it, what's the problem?
Granted. Not suggesting a "problem," just questioning the sense of altruism in the way this was presented.
post #205 of 274
altruism was not really how I saw it. it was a special packaging for the target audience here - people who boast about how much disposable income goes to their audio hobby. a lucrative market, evidently. there are, perhaps, still corners of the interwebs that really do harbor altruism. but I think, post-96, they've shrunk into the tiniest slivers of what keeps mushrooming online.
post #206 of 274
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Originally Posted by melomaniac View Post
altruism was not really how I saw it. it was a special packaging for the target audience here - people who boast about how much disposable income goes to their audio hobby. a lucrative market, evidently. there are, perhaps, still corners of the interwebs that really do harbor altruism. but I think, post-96, they've shrunk into the tiniest slivers of what keeps mushrooming online.
Sounds like a sane perspective, amigo.
post #207 of 274
but regardless, its a whole album worth of hi res tracks, for a pretty cheap price so its still a relative deal
post #208 of 274
i purchased the non high-rez tracks. best $6 i spent in a long time.
post #209 of 274
the track are nice, only if I had a high resolution DAC
post #210 of 274
@kunalraiker,
Don't you have a HiFiMAN? That would qualify in spades.
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