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A Love Supreme on HDTracks in 96/24 - Page 2
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I hear you -- pocketbook hit is only 18 bucks (it's not like committing to $900 headphones you don't like). The soul-hit is deep as it gets. I've bought "Kind of Blue" more times, but only because they marketed it to me more times.
I really do mean it when I say I think there's a difference I hear. There's that. I just also mean that if there is, it's really subtle. I make no claims to be golden-eared. (And I don't have equipment like some of what I see on the high-end forum; but my equipment *is* pretty highly resolving, at least... so .... yeah, I would hear it clearly if it were a clear difference. Sorry).
And one more development from HDTracks -- I told them I re-downloaded, and thanked them, but had the noise in the same exact point. It's 4:21 on the FLAC as played through VLC... the piano solo just ends, Coltrane plays a 2-note figure to begin his solo, and it's in the middle of the second note. With that much description, the "HDTracks team" (email was not personally signed) wrote back and said, in essence: "holy cow, I just listened again and it's clearly there in the file. So sorry for missing it the first time. We'll work it out, it might take a bit of patience to get the record company to get us the corrected track". And then they sent me a one-use discount coupon just to thank me for pointing out the error.
Anyway, after a round of annoyance, at least they've come through on the customer service with flying colors.
I'll bet they will. I'll mention it here if/when they notify me (which I feel sure they'll do!), or you can send a complaint to them as well through their form on the contact page.
Might you have a redbook version, too? I'd love to know if you can distinguish, aurally. As mentioned, I gave it a (perhaps too brief) comparison and couldn't be sure of a difference. That's another issue with this particular download.
It should be very easy to tell if they are upsampled. I'll think about getting a song or two to verify...
As with all old albums, you need to do your proper research to know which version is the best. Sometimes it's an audiophile release. Other times, it's a 1st pressing and yet other times, it might be a certain vinyl pressing. You just never know.
Edited by LFF - 10/22/10 at 7:19pm
I just purchased two albums. I will look at them more closely as soon as I can and report back with suitable proof.
I look forward to your analysis. Lot's of conjecture, but folks are lean on data.
Now there is some interesting stuff about some of the remasters, with data, including this doosy about Frampton Comes Alive. This has little to do with high rez formats -- in fact, it would appear that they must have bypassed earlier 44.1/16bit copies and gone back to some kind of master tapes since they re-mixed it as well as remastered it. But the mastering here is ironic in that it arguably presents the music with fewer dynamics than the original, lower rez digital formats.
Just by a quick look I can see that the range extends to about 48,000 cps. The highest direct sound extends to about 42,000 cps (See to left of white line). See this:
Here is the regular CD issue, upsampled....
It doesn't look like the HD tracks are HD-fakes.