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

    South Africa
    We all know that physical media has seen a massive drop in sales over the past decade. Streaming is the medium that most people in the developed world are using to listen to music and discover new music. However, some of us want our music in high resolution. Would you repurchase your favourite albums when they get released in hi-res as downloads? I certainly would. It's the best of both worlds - convenience and the best sound quality available.
  2. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    So Hi-Rez always = better? I have found this to not be true on too many wasted dollars.
    I'll take the best mastering for my tastes, whatever format it may be.
    Voted No as a majority I have do not trump what I already have :cheers:
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  3. bherbert

    bherbert Forum Resident Thread Starter

    South Africa
    True. Depends on the source of the digital files.
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  4. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk If you fly a flag of hate you ain't no kin to me

    I voted No. I wouldn't do it now but I did buy lots of downloads several years ago when they first became available. To me it's like so many other formats in that it is more about the mastering than the format. I was disappointed in so many. What I already had turned out to be better or at least the equal to the high res downloads I just stopped buying a couple of years ago.

    Besides downloads are almost passé as streaming has already surpassed them in the market.
  5. I would only buy it if it came from a better source and had better mastering, which usually high rez does not sound as good as the original CDs.
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  6. eric777

    eric777 Rock Star

    I voted no. I downloaded several 24 bit versions in the past ;however, at this point I have stopped. A few of them have been good, but most ended up being a waste of money. Why not just increase the quality of the cd mastering?
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  7. Bobby Morrow

    Bobby Morrow Forum Resident

    I wouldn't buy downloads, but would consider SACD or Blu Ray Audio versions. Even so, as people have already said, just because it's Hi-Rez doesn't mean it's automatically the best version... It should, but it doesn't.:D
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  8. ElevatorSkyMovie

    ElevatorSkyMovie Forum Resident

    Best mastering wins. I'll choose that every time.
  9. bherbert

    bherbert Forum Resident Thread Starter

    South Africa
    Would 24 bit streaming be the solution?
  10. The Lone Cadaver

    The Lone Cadaver Forum Resident

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  11. Use_Your_Koala

    Use_Your_Koala Forum Resident

    Depends on the mastering.
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  12. docwebb

    docwebb Forum Resident

    I'm happy with my bank account and don't want to deplete it to replace music I already own.
  13. seed_drill

    seed_drill Forum Resident

    Tryon, NC, USA
    Honestly, I am not set up to play anything but physical media through anything but my computer's speakers.
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  14. KDubATX

    KDubATX Forum Resident

    Depends on the mastering and the information about the mastering that is provided prior to purchase. The 2015 Rush downloads for example, I was happy to re-purchase as a CD upgrade. This is the exception and not the rule (and yes some people hate the watermarking on these and would say it is still a bad buy).
  15. Thievius

    Thievius Blue Öyster Cultist

    With the luck I've had with computers, no thanks.
  16. SteveS1

    SteveS1 Forum Resident

    Weald, England, UK
    Yes if the mastering is better, often it's not.
  17. No Static

    No Static Gain Rider


    There are way too many capital letters/hyphens/slashes/number combinations for me to decode for a wise buying decision. Too complicated for the better sound return (if any). Have you tried reading a DAC review lately?
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  18. rockclassics

    rockclassics Forum Resident

    Arkansas, USA
    Nope. They are still way too expensive.
  19. Merrick

    Merrick The return of the Thin White Duke

    Absolutely, if the mastering is audibly better than the best CD version I can get at a reasonable price (reasonable price being a highly variable concept depending entirely upon how much I love the album in question).

    I've found more success hunting down CDs that share a common mastering with a forum favorite, given that many forum favorite CD masterings are of hard to find or expensive releases.
  20. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    I would pay a few bucks extra for this if it was an Apple Music option.
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  21. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

    East TN
    Until audible watermarks DIE! (Here's to you, Universal Music Group) and all DRM and all Proprietary crap DIE, I refuse to buy any downloads.
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  22. Joe McKEe

    Joe McKEe Forum Resident

    I voted yes - all things being equal downloads are more convenient for me. Most of my playback is through my desktop streamed to my main system or a played through a USB DAC into my older system. (neither system is great, but they get the job done) Given that - physical media adds the work of ripping and storing the original. Not that it's much work but it's less convenient.

    Unfortunately - all things usually aren't equal and you usually can't be sure what mastering you're getting. Because of that my purchases have slowed significantly and I spend more time and money seeking better, known masterings on physical media.
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  23. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

    Fonthill, Ontario
    That should have been an option :edthumbs::cheers:
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  24. Merrick

    Merrick The return of the Thin White Duke

    I can't speak to the ubiquity of watermarks, but what major download sellers are selling files with DRM?
  25. libertycaps

    libertycaps Forum Resident

    Portland, OR, USA
    CDs & LPs for me. Have no interest in making a laptop a stereo component.

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