High Res Music Download Sites

HighResAudio
http://www.highresaudio.com/

2L- the Nordic Sound
http://www.2l.no/

AIX Records
http://aixrecords.com/

Blue Coast Records
http://bluecoastrecords.com/

Bowers and Wilkins - Society of Sound
http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Society_of_Sound/Society_of_Sound/Music

Cantaloupe Music
http://www.cantaloupemusic.com/

Chesky Records
http://chesky.com/

Gimell Records (96k/24bit, 48k/24bit, 44.1k/16bit of the The Tallis Scholars)
http://www.gimell.com/

HDTracks
https://www.hdtracks.com/

High Res Music
http://hiresmusic.com/homepage.html

High Definition Tape Transfers
http://highdeftapetransfers.com/storefront.php

High-res download test bench (free samples only)
http://www.2l.no/hires/

Hyperion Records
http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/

Internet Archive (dot org) - has some high res available - including Hungry Lucy!
http://www.archive.org/details/audio

iTrax
http://www.itrax.com/

LessLoss Audio - Free Sample High Resolution Audiophile Recordings
http://www.lessloss.com/high-resolution-audiophile-recordings-c-68.html

Linn Records
http://www.linnrecords.com/index.aspx

Qobuz
http://www.qobuz.com/

Reference Recordings
http://referencerecordings.com/

Rhino
http://www.rhino.com/

See also the thread "Where to Download Lossless Music" and article List of Lossless music download sites.
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I started with headphone hi-fi back in the early '90s when my father got sick of hearing the modern pop music I liked through my hi-fi system. In 2007, when the earpads on my headphones became too flat, I joined Head-Fi where I began the search for a good pair of headphones, then a good system to enjoy music with.

Comments

GeorgeGoodman

1000+ Head-Fier
Nice! That is very helpful. Also, I will add NIN.com for those who like Nine Inch Nails. The latest album, The Slip, is available in 24/96 FLAC completely free. It is mastered very well, too.
 

Olias of Sunhillow

1000+ Head-Fier
A very helpful resource. Two more sites I use:
eClassical.com -- based in Sweden, has a good selection of high-rez recordings from BIS and other labels.
qobuz.com -- based in France, sells "Studio Masters" in 24/44.1 and 24/96 formats. A good alternative for classical and jazz (especially ECM and similar releases).
 

TheGomdoRi

100+ Head-Fier
Thanks =)
 

BlackbeardBen

1000+ Head-Fier
The Slip is NOT well mastered. It is compressed to unacceptable levels.
 

GeorgeGoodman

1000+ Head-Fier
True. The compression is not horrible on the simple bits, but does get a bit overwhelming on the loud parts. I should have said the album is well recorded. Everything sound realistic and there is "wet" studio sounds in there. Anyhow, it sounds better than almost any pop I have ever heard. While not quite audiophile, it is almost there and can really shine on a good system.
 

texasred

New Head-Fier
i don't think i am ruining the industry by asking for some free HQ music download sites am i? because I download a lot of music and i can't be assed to pay money for the music.
 

djsquared

100+ Head-Fier
bandcamp.com has options to download in most any format, and you can find many albums that are free or pay-what-you-can. Many genres, too.
 

jeffreyfranz

100+ Head-Fier
Great contribution and a fine resource. Thanks.
 

snowshoe

100+ Head-Fier
Boomkat should be on here. Most of their music is 16/44, though they do, I've heard, sometimes have higher res music.
 

Doku

Head-Fier
I get some 24/44.1 from bleep.com. Not really high res tho. 
 

WhatToChoose

500+ Head-Fier
First comment since 2015 lol noobs
 
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