Hi-Res Downloads - Would you repurchase your favourite music if it was released in this format?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by bherbert, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. bherbert

    bherbert Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Based on experience would you say you can hear a difference between a cd and a hi-res download?
     
  2. MikeManaic61

    MikeManaic61 Forum Resident

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    Maybe if I had a HiFi setup I probably could. But in my experience, I will buy a hi rez download if the mastering beats my current cds.

    The Rush remasters and Stevie Wonder hi rez (not a big fan of his 1990 reissues, it sounds dull to my ears) sounds better than the cd versions.
     
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  3. hurple

    hurple Forum Resident

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    Clinton, IL, USA
    Nope.

    Call it CD-PTSD but I feel like I've already been over-charged enough for that stuff one too many times.
     
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  4. KDubATX

    KDubATX Forum Resident

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    If the mastering on the Hi Res is better than the CD mastering, yes.
     
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  5. Carl Steward

    Carl Steward Forum Resident

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    Castro Valley, CA
    Streaming works for me, although I also have tons of CDs and LPs as well (not to mention about 35,000 mp3s loaded onto an old mega-iPod). I have a cable that plugs directly from my devices to a special setting on my stereo receiver. Plays fabulously as long as the original recording was mastered well. I don't know what Neil Young is talking about.
     
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  6. jmrife

    jmrife Wife. Kids. Grandkids. Dog. Music.

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    Wheat Ridge, CO
    Well, for me, I use a service that rips my SACDs, DVD-As, Blu-Ray discs to DSD and FLAC.

    Are the results better than CD quality? Almost always. But not always, always.

    Sincerely, this process is decidedly file dependent. GIGO.

    But the convenience of playing my usually superior digital files is the killer app, IMO. No more disc hunting, loading, changing for me.

    If I want to compare a 24/192 version of a particular song to a 16/44 version, I can do it on the fly, in mid-song if I wish.

    I have said it before: my computer file system has changed the way I interface with my music for the better.

    Better listening through better mastering.
     
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  7. LoveYourLife

    LoveYourLife Forum Resident

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    London, UK
    If you've got the vinyl or CD and you really needed a hi-res digital copy, why wouldn't you rip your own from the source? So unless it's audibly superior, there'd be no point
     
  8. JamesD1957

    JamesD1957 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Cypress, Texas
    I didn't vote. I wouldn't dream of repurchasing all or most of my collection with hi res. But I have repurchased four or five titles from HD Tracks, and I do like them.
     
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  9. soundQman

    soundQman Idealist of the Musical Apocalypse

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    Arlington, VA, USA
    I've already been doing that for releases that aren't available in high-res on disc (SACD, DVD, Blu-Ray). I usually check opinions here first to see if anyone else has tried it, though.
     
  10. jmrife

    jmrife Wife. Kids. Grandkids. Dog. Music.

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    Wheat Ridge, CO
    As a general rule: Yes! Yes I can! If you can't, either you are playing an inferior hi-res file or lack the equipment to resolve the better file.

    Again, better listening through better mastering. Even with my 71 year old ears, the difference can be very real and enlightening. Many of my hi-res files (and all of my 5.1 files) are ripped from hi-res discs, so I know what I am expecting to hear.

    Example: the Retrospective SACD by the Animals sounds much better than CD quality. And ripping it to FLAC makes that superior sound quality a real joy that is just a click away.
     
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  11. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

    Location:
    Boston MA
    Sure it depends on source and mastering. The Uriah Heep hi-res downloads are great and worth every penny.
     
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  12. Ned Bode

    Ned Bode Gatherer Of Frowns

    Redbook is overkill for these old ears.
     
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  13. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    no downloads or streaming for me. cd, sacd, dvd-a, bluray-a ... i will probably keep my vinyl but probably won't buy any more
     
  14. Gaslight

    Gaslight Drake Dweller

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    Northeast USA
    Possibly.

    If I think the mastering is a significant improvement.
     
  15. kevin5brown

    kevin5brown Forum Resident

    As a wise man once said, it's the mastering, stupid.

    :D

    I don't care about hi res, but I most certainly care about the best sounding mastering. If they're one and the same? Great. But most times they aren't.

    The first thing I do with any hi res DL I get, is to down res it to CD, so I can more easily listen to it anyway.
     
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  16. Poison_Flour

    Poison_Flour Forum Resident

  17. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    New designed vinyl out 2019 developed in Austria...plays louder than original vinyl also longer time length, from a digital source. Hi rez vinyl perhaps.
     
  18. brimuchmuze

    brimuchmuze Forum Resident

    On the other hand, most of the Sony Bob Dylan SACDs don't get much respect, and many prefer old redbook to the Sony SACDs.

    Mastering always trumps High-Res I would say.

    I rarely hear anyone comment "oh the reverb sounds so much better" on high res. It's always a question of loudness and "brightness"
     
  19. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

    Location:
    Boston MA
    Why do we need vinyl to play louder???
     
  20. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Don't tell me tell the manufacture.:D
     
  21. jmrife

    jmrife Wife. Kids. Grandkids. Dog. Music.

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    Wheat Ridge, CO
    "On the other hand, most of the Sony Bob Dylan SACDs don't get much respect, and many prefer old redbook to the Sony SACDs.

    Mastering always trumps High-Res I would say.

    I rarely hear anyone comment "oh the reverb sounds so much better" on high res. It's always a question of loudness and "brightness"


    I would never hold up the Dylan's Sony SACDs as a gold standard. They are not. Dylan's work on Mofi reissues, on the other hand, are quite good for the most part. There is no one answer that is alway correct.

    I could site you many, many SAs that are "superior" to rebook, just as I could list many that were not. Doesn't change my opinion.
     

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