Hi-Res Download News (HDTracks, ProStudioMasters, Pono, etc.) & Software/Mastering Part 12**

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Gary, May 9, 2015.

  1. youngcortez

    youngcortez Well-Known Member

    Curious where you found that price... I'm getting $15.28 after a 15% promo code. I have the 3CD set from 2004, but may pick up the 24/48.
  2. Vandenville

    Vandenville Forum Resident

    United Kingdom
    Well... let's agree to disagree. Maybe I'm more sensitive to brickwalling, but to my ears they're fatiguing and not using the potential of a SACD - just like the CDs. Especially "Heathen" was a big disappointment, looked to me like the CD tr

    But "Let's Dance" is miles ahead of the (remastered) CD - that's what you can expect from a direct tape transfer.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2018
  3. Anodyne Jones

    Anodyne Jones Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    Agree totally on Dance.

    When I compared Heathen and Reality I paid particular attention to the acoustic guitars and backing vocals and they sounded way more real to me.

    I was decoding on a Simaudio 380D DAC btw. And I also noticed SACDs were quiter in output/had more DR.

    I have not listened to my Ziggy SACD in a while but don't remember being disappointed.
  4. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    His post-hours records sound awful. Harsh EQ and very compressed. I like Heathen and love The Next Day and Blackstar, but they're unpleasant listens. Harsh, clipped, fatiguing affairs.
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  5. Anodyne Jones

    Anodyne Jones Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    Agree, on Next Day...less on Blackstar, and completely disagree on Heathen.
  6. brimuchmuze

    brimuchmuze Forum Resident

    I don't think it's a marketing move.

    I assume most of the Bowie recordings from this point will have been touched by low-res digital recording or mixing?
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  7. nikosvault

    nikosvault Forum Resident

    A little throwback comparison of U2's Achtung Baby.

    The original CD (Island Records 262 110) vs. the 2011 44/24 "remastered" (slightly EQ'ed) re-release.

    Overall the 2011 version is ever so slightly louder and compressed, but it also has a more balanced sound thanks to a deeper bass thump.

    So tracks benefits. Others do not.

    1. Zoo Station = CD
    2. Even Better Than The Real Thing = CD
    3. One = HD
    4. Until The End Of The World = HD
    5. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses = HD
    6. So Cruel = HD
    7. The Fly = CD
    8. Mysterious Ways = CD
    9. Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World = HD
    10. Ultra Violet (Light My Way) = CD
    11. Acrobat = CD
    12. Love Is Blindness = HD

    Right down the middle. :)

    Amazingly, the singles on the HD Deluxe Edition are more dynamic and less bright than on the original CD singles (including Salomé and Lady With The Spinning Head)

    I'm keeping the HD version.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2018
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  8. NYMets41

    NYMets41 Forum Resident

    I have the 2 November Dylan release pre ordered from amazon.

    I’d prefer HD Tracks.

    Anyone know if they’ll have it or when?

    I emailed and was told to go to their Facebook page.

    Nothing there.
  9. dtuck90

    dtuck90 Forum Resident

    There’s definitely going to be a Hi Res release of the full boxset and the single disc release. Qobuz have 24/96 listed for both
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  10. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

    For the past few Bootleg releases, I've waited until release day and each time HDTracks had them available.
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  11. Icenine1

    Icenine1 Forum Resident

    Anyone here get the Grateful Dead Pacific Northwest download? I wondering what the DR is? I bought the box version.
  12. bmoregnr

    bmoregnr Forum Rezident

    1060 W.Addison
    I compared some like tracks from the compilation cd, see below, mostly from 6/22/73, but I don’t know if the box is the same as the compilation. Listening it’s about the same difference as Cornell, depends on your taste more than one better.

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  13. Icenine1

    Icenine1 Forum Resident

    Thank you!
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  14. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Iowa, USA
    I'm sorry if this has been asked, I did search, but are the Springsteen albums from HDTracks very good? I'm thinking about buying Born To Run, Born in the USA and Nebraska. Just wondering if the sound is up to par with the great Petty and Who albums I've bought.
  15. Anodyne Jones

    Anodyne Jones Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    Personally, I think the are excellent. Or let's put it this way..far better than any previous digital version.
  16. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Iowa, USA
    Thanks a ton, was hoping they sounded good, gonna give them a shot! Thanks again!:righton:
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  17. B-Mike

    B-Mike Forum Resident

    The sound is pretty good on the Bruce hi-res albums you mentioned - worth getting. I wouldn't say they are up there with the Tom Petty releases, which are great and everything you could want from a hi-res reissue. Just my opinion though.
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  18. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Iowa, USA
    Thanks for the help. I did buy those three, and Darkness on the Edge of Town as well. Listening to Nebraska right now, the title track sounds stunning. The acoustic guitar sounds like I'm in the room while it Is being played. Also love the little glockenspiel sounds, they seem to stand out more. And the harmonica has a clear crisp sound to it. Nebraska was available in 24/192, and it sounds great so far. Looking forward to rediscovering these albums tonight, plus I have all those Who bonus tracks to listen to.

    Add on the Dylan box tomorrow and I've got enough music to listen to this month, but still got more coming. Thanks again @Anodyne Jones and @B-Mike for letting me know how good these sound. Well Nebraska so far, but I expect the 2 Born's and Darkness to sound just as good.:righton:
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  19. Anodyne Jones

    Anodyne Jones Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    Great, very happy you are digging these.

    The albums were run through the Plangent process, and I must say they sound very "analog"..the acoustic guitars are woody and streely, and the drums sound like drums, not
    cardboard boxes. One of the digital catalogs that was done right.
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  20. oneway23

    oneway23 Forum Resident

    NY, US
    I'm curious about the new hi-res release of Miles Davis' Sorceress and I could use some help!

    HDTracks has it in both 24/44 and 24/192. I'm wondering if there are sound quality differences between the two, similar to the Van Halen releases, where the 24/96 was dynamically compressed beyond words and the 24/192 sounded like the studio tapes. I don't know why, but, for some reason, I'm getting the same feeling about this one.

    To make matters more confusing, Qobuz is only selling it in 24/96 with no additional notes. Any help greatly appreciated, thanks!
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2018
  21. Centurion

    Centurion Well-Known Member

    I found this on the DR database. No idea how it sounds though.

    foobar2000 1.3.9 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
    Analyzed: Miles Davis / Sorcerer
    DR Peak RMS Duration Track
    DR11 -0.14 dB -14.29 dB 6:33 01-Prince Of Darkness
    DR11 -3.17 dB -18.75 dB 4:52 02-Pee Wee
    DR12 0.00 dB -15.76 dB 8:58 03-Masqualero
    DR11 -0.44 dB -14.86 dB 5:14 04-The Sorcerer
    DR11 0.00 dB -14.35 dB 7:22 05-Limbo
    DR11 -1.34 dB -17.16 dB 5:42 06-Vonetta
    DR11 0.00 dB -14.23 dB 1:57 07-Nothing Like You
    Number of tracks: 7
    Official DR value: DR11
    Samplerate: 192000 Hz
    Channels: 2
    Bits per sample: 24
    Bitrate: 6053 kbps
    Codec: FLAC
  22. oneway23

    oneway23 Forum Resident

    NY, US
    Thanks for your input, Centurion! I'm hopeful that someone will offer some ears-on, subjective impressions, especially in relation to the MFSL SACD, but, this gives me a decent indication, and your help is much appreciated!
  23. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Iowa, USA
    Hate asking stupid questions, but I searched and didn't really find an answer. I've loved the 4 Springsteen albums I've bought from HDTracks (the two Born's, Darkness and Nebraska) and am thinking about buying The River. But I see it is in 24/44.1. Does the HDTracks version sound much better than the CD from The Ties That Bind boxset?

    Also a heads up, anyone looking to buy Who Are You from HDTracks should wait. The version I bought has a weird running order, I emailed them and they said they would look into uploading the correct version of the album.
  24. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Iowa, USA
    Sorry for the double post, been doing some reading and think I'll try the DSD of Cosmo's Factory from Acoustic Sounds. I see it was taken from the master by our host. Hopefully it sounds good!
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  25. jhw59

    jhw59 Forum Resident

    Don't have the DR. I bought the hi rez. Some say a clear difference between the discs and the 24/192 but someone else posted there was peak limiting. I'm still evaluating.

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