Originally Posted by FraGGleR
I am still not 100% convinced that music sounds better because it is hi rez or because it was recorded better. I think this time around (ie next couple of years), I will spend my time and money finding better recordings of music as opposes to worrying about hi rez. Once iOS or Android gets their game together for hi rez, then I will dip my toes back in. Makes it easy to buy a cheap iDevice as transport should my Note II not work out well.
Well the main reason for the "do high res sound better" debate is not all high res is actually high res. A lot of what people are downloading has been confirmed to be upconverted 16/44. And yes, that included hdtracks. A while ago a audio mag(can't remember which one) did a test on a lot of high res downloads and many of them turned out not to be high res. Hdtracks claimed they didn't know this and vowed to go through their entire collection to remove the files that were determined to be redbook upconverts.
But do that mean that now everything is straightened out now. Well I don't think so. A friend of mine paid a good price to them for a Dave Brubeck high res album. Upon being over to his place to check it out, we both noticed something sounded off. He just so happened to have the redbook version of the album, and it sounded much better. He later contacted hdtracks and they gave him a new file to download that was much better.
Now why didn't he get that download the first time, I don't know. But if not for the redbook version to compare it against, we might have ended up thinking that it was the album and not the file. Now just think of how many people this may have happend to that's unaware of it. The only way to know you truly have a high res file is to rip it from the dvdaudio or sacd yourself. Dvdaudio ripping has been possible for years and now finally you can do the same for sacd rips which is what i do now. And IMO, after comparing hybrid sacds with both a sacd layer and redbook layer, and dvdaudio against the redbook equivalent, I can say to my ears true high res is a significant improvement. But everyone's ears may differ. So ymmv.
Edited by moodyrn - 9/3/13 at 2:42pm