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Ripping a cd to 24/96?

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Hello!
Im a First time poster though I've been reading head-fi for a solid year and I'm really enjoying this hobby. I'm upgrading from my iPod touch with flac player to a colorfly ck4 and c&c bh combo to enjoy music through my HD 598's and I believe the colorfly can play 24/96 flac files. I rip all my music from CDs to flac but I understand CDs are 16/44...so is it pointless to re-rip all my music to 24/96 for no added benefits? Even if the benefits are super tiny I would still do it because my cd library is still fairly small, and to be that much closer to hi-fi. Also I like physical copy's of music in case my computer or dap broke, I could start on a fresh dap and comp still possessing all my previous music. Where can I get ahold of 24/96 cds or other formats to add to my physical library?

I usually learn everything from searching the forums but I couldn't find a straight answer for this dilemma haha. If you can help me with some info it will be greatly appreciated. My colorfly is on its way and I'm excited to try something other than an iPod. Thanks!
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First off Welcome as this is your first post.

 

Converting 44/16 to 96/24 doesn't increase any info.  You can't create what isn't there.  Some might say the higher sample rate will make it easier for the anti-alias filter to do its job.  I think that is debatable as to audibility.  One other thing, you would be better off converting to 88/24 or 88/16.  It is an even two to one ratio and less digital processing going on for the conversion.  Less chance of artifacts.  Some claim certain DAC's work a bit better at one sample rate vs another.  I am skeptical of that too. 

 

Google for hirez or hires audio and you will find sources to download higher sample rate recordings.  I am loath to recommend them as sometimes they upsample 44.1 and resale it.  Or remaster something with sound worse than the original.  It is a mixed bag.  Linn hires probably has less of an issue in those areas than others in my opinion.  Those are mostly downloads of files though.  You can then burn them as data files to CD or DVD for a physical format. 

 

http://www.barrydiamentaudio.com/  You can buy recordings by Mr. Diament who will send them to you on disc.  If you like the music, his recordings are excellent. 

 

I think mostly it is pointless to re-rip your collection.  If you do, use 88 khz.  Also I would suggest archiving in FLAC as it handles metadata better than other formats.  Things like album covers, artist and track info.  Long term that might be worth doing even if you keep it at its original resolution.


Edited by esldude - 12/16/13 at 10:05pm
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Originally Posted by MindBLASTED View Post

Hello!
Im a First time poster though I've been reading head-fi for a solid year and I'm really enjoying this hobby. I'm upgrading from my iPod touch with flac player to a colorfly ck4 and c&c bh combo to enjoy music through my HD 598's and I believe the colorfly can play 24/96 flac files. I rip all my music from CDs to flac but I understand CDs are 16/44...so is it pointless to re-rip all my music to 24/96 for no added benefits? Even if the benefits are super tiny I would still do it because my cd library is still fairly small, and to be that much closer to hi-fi. Also I like physical copy's of music in case my computer or dap broke, I could start on a fresh dap and comp still possessing all my previous music. Where can I get ahold of 24/96 cds or other formats to add to my physical library?

I usually learn everything from searching the forums but I couldn't find a straight answer for this dilemma haha. If you can help me with some info it will be greatly appreciated. My colorfly is on its way and I'm excited to try something other than an iPod. Thanks!

 

As such there's no advantage to using 24/96.

16/44 is more than adequate to cover audio.

 

The only way to get 24/96 on a physical medium is an SACD or Blu-Ray.

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Awesome! That clears up everything, and I liked the part about burning downloads as data files on CDs/DVDs, thats genius! Would have never thought of that. Thanks for the help both of you and to the head-fi community.
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