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Where to download high-quality songs? And what's a good cheap amp for an Audeze LCD-2?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hey Head-fi,

 

Do any of you guys know where i can download music with high quality for free?

I got a *Flame suit on* Beats pro Detox, and i'm getting annoyed by the low quality of the songs, i mean c'mon if you can hear that the sound quality of the file is low, it must be damn low.

I'm saving up for an Audeze LCD-2, so then high quality files are really needed..

 

And also, what's a good amp for an Audeze LCD-2? (I'm not sure of the price yet, if you have a few examples from different price ranges that would be awesome). I'll mainly use my laptop with the Audeze, if that matters.

 

Edit: I forgot to mention, my music files now are downloaded from Youtube. I know it's sh#t and buying from ITunes would be better, but i'm saving every penny for the Audeze LCD-2 :D

 

Edit2: I also forgot to mention i'm a basshead, so an amp that boosts the bass even more than the LCD-2 already does would be awesome :)


Edited by kilspeed111 - 11/2/13 at 7:07am
post #2 of 15
sorry about that post folks
Edited by Loganksi33 - 11/4/13 at 6:26pm
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Loganksi33 View Post

there are plenty of places that are not exactly legal or are you looking for something legal

There are many people on head-fi that are audio production professionals. So besides being not cool to talk about here, be aware that talking about illegal downloading will get you modded.
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post #5 of 15
Just buy cd's buddy, best way to go about it smily_headphones1.gif defo if your wanting the best quality:) itunes bit rate isnt that great, google stores music has a higher bit rate wink.gif but just buy cd's smily_headphones1.gif ebay etc just watch out for the cds that have "will not play on pc/mac" lol..
post #6 of 15
^^

Agreed. What I often do is buy "like new" CDs on Ebay and Amazon. Lots of good values there. Then rip 'em once I get them using EAC.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

^^

Agreed. What I often do is buy "like new" CDs on Ebay and Amazon. Lots of good values there. Then rip 'em once I get them using EAC.

Its the best way to do it :) agreed with the value, I purchased a "like new" cd on ebay a few days back for £5 which is a hell of a lot cheaper than what my local cd store (HMV) was selling it for which was £14.99 lol.. although only down side is, if you want only one song from an album :L

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much guys, you were very helpfull.

But like i said, i don't really have money to spend on music. So i'll take a look into the link squallkiercosa gave me. :)

post #9 of 15

What about an Xbox music pass? Pay a fee and be able to stream unlimited music. It's the bees knees. This is 2013 not 2003 nobody buys CD's anymore.

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by thisissomebs View Post
 

What about an Xbox music pass? Pay a fee and be able to stream unlimited music. It's the bees knees. This is 2013 not 2003 nobody buys CD's anymore.

Xbox music pass? Never heard of that before..

Do you need an Xbox console for that? Because i don't have one :(.

Oh and this just came to mind, is Spotify a good alternative for CD's and such?

post #11 of 15
Legalsounds.com !!
post #12 of 15
Bandcamp has some pretty neat artists.

And anything here is fair game since they're legally free downloads.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/644595/official-free-flac-file-music-sharing-thread
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Woah seriously?

Ambient music genre
Legally free 24/88 FLAC download [via torrent] under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license.
http://www.jamendo.com/en/list/a72300/songs-of-vastness

Doc & Lena Selyanina - Songs of Vastness

Edited by miceblue - 1/22/14 at 11:38am
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

Bandcamp has some pretty neat artists.

And anything here is fair game since they're legally free downloads.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/644595/official-free-flac-file-music-sharing-thread

 

Thank you very much for the link, helps a ton!

post #14 of 15

The Schiit Magni/Modi combo should be powerful enough to drive lcd-2s. They sound great and cost only USD 250 with cables and shipping.

post #15 of 15

First and foremost, I am pretty certain that standard iTunes quality will satisfy your needs. YouTube has all sorts of obvious digital compression on its audio, but it's usually the  uploading individual to blame for the horrible quality. But if you don't even find those satisfactory or you want to hear even higher quality, there are options.

 

The "Mastered for iTunes" logo has been applied to a number of releases, old and new, over the past couple of years. The previous standard for iTunes was that it had to match CD release quality, or the next best file available from the publisher. Now, however, as space has become less of a problem and iTunes sits as the number 1 paid music source, they can and are doing better. So if you see "Mastered for iTunes" it means that iTunes was able to request a file meeting their higher bitrate requirements than the CD release, and in some cases, the file was indeed created by request for iTunes, hence the name of the label.

 

Other than that, some streaming services like Spotify offer unlimited listens at 320kbps quality for a small monthly fee (usually less than the cost of a new album). Beats Music is another streaming service that just launched and is supposedly paying better royalties and using more intelligent combinations of human-curated and algorithmic playlist generation at high quality. Both offer trials.


Edited by CannonO - 1/29/14 at 8:21pm
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