Originally Posted by goldendarko
Yeah, it would be nice if they did that, unfortunately you basically have to do your own research whether a purchase is worth it or not, I think most older recordings seem to be better, the new pop/rock stuff is really no different from what I've seen. Another good forum to check is computer audiophile, there are many threads there that discuss HDTracks releases, some being great and some being very poor too.
I think thwre are several factors other thann the "high-ness of the rez" that determine the sonic quality of these recordings, including, but not limited to:
1. sonic quality of the original recording, 2. condition of the master tapes 3. quality of the mastering gear and the 'ear' of the people doing the (re)mastering 4 resolution of the original recording, i.e., if it was a great analog recording, converting to high rez digital makes more sense than trying to upcovert redbook files, if making a (digital) recording from scratch, recording in high rez is going to be better than doing it in redboox (again using great equipment, mics, ect. and with people who can hear well and have good sonic judgment....
So, I'd restrict my buying/experienting to great analog originals, great direct to high rez recordings, and lastly upsampled or less downsampled 'pcm' recordings of good/great sunding recordings.