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post #16 of 21
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I need to update the thread:

 

Multiple downloads since the last post, 

 

"August and Everything After" 24/96 by the Counting Crows pristine, clean, and clear.  I'll say this as an early believer in this format, the recordings I have downloaded in the last 6 months have been excellent, I thought the consistency in my first 6 months was mostly hits and a few misses.

 

"Hearts," "Holiday," "America," and "Homecoming" 24/96 from America all well recorded gems.

 

All the above are highly recommended,

 

"12 X 5," "Rolling Stones, Now!," and "England's Newest Hit Makers (remastered)," 24/88 The Rolling Stones, these were early recordings and subject to the recording capabilities that they were originally mastered in.

 

"The Velvet Underground and Nico (45th anniversary  album)" 24/96 The Velvet Underground and Nico, no knock on the album, but the recording was famously done on the fly and authenticate raw recordings are harder for me to justify as high res purchases.

post #17 of 21
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Time for more updates:

 

The Cars 24/96  All 6 albums 1) "The Cars" 2) "Candy-O" 3) "Panorama" 4) "Shake It Up" 5) "Heartbeat City" 6) "Door To Door"

 

All 6 albums are as good as any vinyl that I have, and hands down better than the CD versions available, very well done.

 

Weezer 24/96 "Everything Will Be Alright In The End" an excellent download

post #18 of 21

HDtracks is cool, and most of the releases I have sound better than their CD counterparts, but it needs to be emphasized that this is due to the fact that they were derived from different masters, not because the files are "HD". Not counting DSD, if you take a 24-bit PCM file of any sample rate and convert it to 16-bit / 44.1 kHz, you can't hear a difference between them. (Human hearing only extends from 20 to 20,000 hertz, after all.)

 

I highly recommend that anyone who is interested in learning more about digital audio read this article and do further research.

post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Music Alchemist View Post
 

HDtracks is cool, and most of the releases I have sound better than their CD counterparts, but it needs to be emphasized that this is due to the fact that they were derived from different masters, not because the files are "HD". Not counting DSD, if you take a 24-bit PCM file of any sample rate and convert it to 16-bit / 44.1 kHz, you can't hear a difference between them. (Human hearing only extends from 20 to 20,000 hertz, after all.)

 

I highly recommend that anyone who is interested in learning more about digital audio read this article and do further research.


No arguments from me about frequencies above 44.  Versions 24/196 and now up to 32/384 are memory killers in my book.  That's just my opinion using my own equipment.  24 bit depth makes a difference to me but again that's just my opinion. 

Many of the better albums that show up on HDTracks were 1st issued on SACD or DVD-A format.  The newer downloads are often from the original mastered tapes ex. Van Halen.  I'm impressed with the better albums, but dogs are here as well.

I have 100's of CD's, 100's of MP3 albums, and 100's of vinyl albums.  The loudness wars ruined a lot of CD's since about the mid 80's on.  Digital downloads that equaled vinyl albums on some level was something I was after.

HDTracks 16/44 downloads (and above) have instituted better than average quality standards, whether the cost is worth it or not is always a question.

 

The above article is referenced here and in other audio communities frequently, dogma becomes dogma when it is never questioned, I am too skeptical to believe in everything I'm told to believe.

post #20 of 21

With regards to whether 24bits matter IMHO I feel that it really depends on the music. I feel that some music benefit from it while others don't make a difference. Anyway enough of so much technical debate. One thing we can agree on is Good music is good music. So recently I've made a few new purchase.

 

1. Buena Vista Social Club - Nonesuch

2. Tabula Rasa - Water Lily Acoustics

3. Bourbon & Rosewater - Water Lily Acoustics

 

Simply pleasing to my ears you guys should check it out. Plus there is a 15% discount up now ... haha

 

CODE: HOLYFILDHD

post #21 of 21
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24 bit depth makes a difference to me but again that's just my opinion.

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Originally Posted by daltonljj View Post
 

With regards to whether 24bits matter IMHO I feel that it really depends on the music. I feel that some music benefit from it while others don't make a difference.

 

I tagged you both in my thread. If you would like to demonstrate that you can hear a difference, many people there would be interested in the results.

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