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post #106 of 118

I found HDTracks a bit disappointing -- overpriced and somewhat overhyped. Some albums were duds at hi-res (e.g. Abbado/Berlin, Beethoven 9th), a few others sounded good (e.g. Susanne Abbuehl's The Gift, Gardot's The Absence).  Haven't tried other sites (see link below). But for me, ripping CDs to FLAC or WAV and playing them back on my BDP-1 and speakers, is bliss, next to playing the CDs themselves. Bottom line: it can be hard hearing substantial improvements on "hi-res" 24-bit files vs. 44KHz/16-bit. Maybe more "air". Just my opinion.

 

https://sites.google.com/site/audiomeisterssystem/buying-music

https://sites.google.com/site/audiomeisterssystem/buying-music/cd-ripping

post #107 of 118
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post


Ya..I ripped all my CDs onto a portable hard disk...lossless.
N I bring along for longer trips.
Otherwise I just load enough albums to kill that two hours lunch break. ..into the laptop.


+1 +1

 

My prescription for mobile audio heaven. Extra long flights...  :beerchug:

 

The IPOD DOUBLE DECKER

 


Edited by CanadianMaestro - 8/6/14 at 5:23am
post #108 of 118

Hei hei all, 

 

just following this thread now, great discussions & much appreciated, obviously I'm new, 

It's already come out in parts, but I've been doing a few of these purchases through (so far) Naim Audio and Linn, and one of the other details that's responsible for the extraordinarily high sound value from some sellers is the whole recording process that they went through (Naim and Linn amongst many others I'm sure)  - high performance in the whole process from placement of mics in recording, to all of the steps in handling/mixing/mastering etc., and that, I think, is why some people's FLACs are stunning and others sound worse than the commercially avail CDs.

 

One other note, I read a file that talked about someone doing a direct comparison (using the common ways of assessing the completeness of files in downloading/converting, md5 sums etc., not my specialty) and they found that taking a wav file and creating its flac, then converting back again gave exactly the same file based on those assessments. 

 

I emailed HDtracks and asked about their "masters", and they said that they purchase masters from the actual recording companies, but I'm sure there are some other sites selling files that list who knows what source. Once can only hope to find a master recorded/mastered by a professional, and then it will likely be at least reasonable. Other than that . . . 

post #109 of 118

Not sure if it has been said but cdbaby.com is doing FLAC

post #110 of 118

I personally prefer so far www.ivave.com and HDtracks.com.

 

Ivave is not so soffisticated but the sound quality is very fine. HDtracks is much more expensive, but a very good sound quality.

post #111 of 118

Wow those Ivave prices don't really look very legal though. $1.50 for albums is way too low.

post #112 of 118
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Wow those Ivave prices don't really look very legal though. $1.50 for albums is way too low.
I do not know, but I am in good believe, that it is legal.
post #113 of 118
jazzfm91 - very good sound quality and a great songs to listen to.
post #114 of 118
I see earlier on this thread a discussion about Melodishop. The reason they are able to sell the FLAC albums so inexpensively is the law. For example in Russia, they have what is called a compulsory artist license which sets the royalties paid to artists by law which are very low. The RIAA challenged the Russian law all the way to the Russian Supreme Court and lost. So while you are right the artists get little to nothing on the royalties it is perfectly legal in certain countries. Also note that Melodishop now accepts PayPal credit card payments so your credit card is safe to use.

The interesting legal question is whether it is legal to buy it in Russia and download it in say the US or EU. There lies the legal conundrum. While it would be legal to buy and download it in Russia for example whether the cross border download is legal is a bit of a legal gray area.
post #115 of 118
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Originally Posted by spook76 View Post

I see earlier on this thread a discussion about Melodishop. The reason they are able to sell the FLAC albums so inexpensively is the law. For example in Russia, they have what is called a compulsory artist license which sets the royalties paid to artists by law which are very low. The RIAA challenged the Russian law all the way to the Russian Supreme Court and lost. So while you are right the artists get little to nothing on the royalties it is perfectly legal in certain countries. Also note that Melodishop now accepts PayPal credit card payments so your credit card is safe to use.

The interesting legal question is whether it is legal to buy it in Russia and download it in say the US or EU. There lies the legal conundrum. While it would be legal to buy and download it in Russia for example whether the cross border download is legal is a bit of a legal gray area.
Grey it is. You are right and because of that, what is not prohibited, that is allowed.
post #116 of 118
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HDTracks  ---------->    https://www.hdtracks.com/

 

Beatport -------------->   https://www.beatport.com/en-US/html/content/home/detail/1/beatport#app=5663&a486-index=0

 

Rhino ------------------>  http://www.rhino.com/index.php

 

Music Is Here ------->   http://musicishere.com/

 

ADDICTECH -------->  http://www.addictech.com/store/

 

Junodownload ------>  http://www.junodownload.com/

 

MUSICZEIT ---------> http://www.musiczeit.com/

 

Magnatune ----------> http://magnatune.com/

 

Channel Classics----> http://www.channelclassics.com/

 

Hyperion---------------> http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/

 

DG-----------------------> http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/

 

etree --------------------> http://bt.etree.org/

 

tapers ------------------> http://tapers.org/

 

archive ----------------> http://www.archive.org/details/etree

 

illegal art net----------> http://illegal-art.net/shop/

 

ALAC and FLAC files available here------------------> http://www.wewillneversaydie.com/homepage/

 

Alll Cd quality downloads--------------------------->http://www.qobuz.com/interprete/rihanna/telechargement-ecoute-albums                                                                http://www.qobuz.com/interprete/chris-brown/telechargement-ecoute-albums

 

Search engine for lossless downloads - http://flacme.com/

 

Band camp....Mendel ..... awesome metal band..lots of bass and speed..      http://mendelian.bandcamp.com/album/subliminal-colors

 

 

Bowers & Wilkins Society Of Sound http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Society_of_Sound/Overview.html

 

 

More DSD downloads  www.superhirez.com

 

http://www.mergerecords.com/store/

 

http://www.linnrecords.com/

 

http://www.naimlabel.com/

 

www.zunior.com

 

www.qobuz.com

 

www.musicme.com

 

http://www.eclassical.com/

 

http://bleep.com/

 

http://www.highdeftapetransfers.com/storefront.php

 

http://www.gimell.com/

 

http://www.mindawn.com/

 

http://www.pristineclassical.com/

 

www.boomkat.com

 

http://www.dacapo-records.dk/en/

 

http://crammed.greedbag.com/

 

http://www.passionato.com/

 

http://www.livephish.com/

 

http://www.dgmlive.com/

 

http://bluecoastrecords.com/

 

http://www.theclassicalshop.net/

 

http://www.hifitrack.com/en

 

http://www.hiresmusic.com/

 

http://www.2l.no/

 

http://cedillerecords.org/music/index.php


Change the beatport link to pro.beatport.com. Beatport is now attempting to become a music streaming service.

post #117 of 118
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Wow those Ivave prices don't really look very legal though. $1.50 for albums is way too low.
It depand On the album.
post #118 of 118

I bet you do. :)

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