What is the latest music you downloaded, what resolution and from where?

Posted by: Stevee_S on 13 January 2014

With more music being downloaded I thought it might be interesting to see what forum members are buying and from where. 

 

The news that HD Tracks are soon to open an online UK store means that more choice is going to be available to us. The variety and quality of downloadable music we can choose from is expanding, MP3 to 24bit studio Masters at 192kHz and beyond.

 

So what are you buying and downloading?

 

 

Posted on: 13 January 2014 by Stevee_S

Bought Tonight 

 

From Linn Records (after previewing the Xmas freebee download from Linn)

 

Studio Master 24bit/192kHz

 

Posted on: 13 January 2014 by dayjay

Rush, Moving Pictures from Linn in 24 96

Posted on: 13 January 2014 by Dan43

Eagles 192/24 HD Tracks 1972-1979 6 album set.

Posted on: 21 January 2014 by Stevee_S

From iTunes so only MP3 256 Kbps

 

Having been given an iTunes voucher I decided to start using it up by getting some music I don't know too well, so I have just downloaded some Mogwai to try before deciding to go for any of their CDs.

Posted on: 22 January 2014 by rjb

Vivaldi: Concerti Opus 8, The Avison Ensemble in 24/96 from Linn Records

Posted on: 23 January 2014 by Harry

The velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground. In my Lou Reed mourning period I realised that I did not have a digital copy of this pivotal album and HDTracks were doing a special offer. 

 

Is HDTracks opening a UK store actually going to result in more choice? If an album is not available in the UK from the .com site will it suddenly become available from the .co.uk site? That kind of puts the kibosh on the assertion that it's to do with rights and licensing and perhaps brings the real reason into focus - that they can charge 20 for a $20 album. I suppose that at this stage there's no harm in hoping for something better.

Posted on: 26 January 2014 by Dungassin

Well, the last music I downloaded was "The Dead Daisies".  256kps from iTunes.  Only downloaded this lossy format because it doesn't seem to be available as lossless. 

Posted on: 26 January 2014 by A. Lawson

Black and Blu by Gary Clark Jr.

in AIFF @ 24/44.1

 from HDtracks.com

 

Posted on: 30 January 2014 by DenisA

 

Stars In Battledress - Secrets And Signals (FLAC)

 

http://starsinbattledress.bandcamp.com/ 

Posted on: 12 February 2014 by Stevee_S

All downloaded from iTunes using up the last of a gift voucher

 

Daft Punk - Discovery

 

Johnny Cash - The Man Comes Around

 

 

Pink Floyd - Echoes

 

Posted on: 12 February 2014 by k

 

Just got this one from the Sound Liaison Site.(soundliaison.com) Must be brand new, because when I checked the site, this Sunday it was not on yet.

Incredible beautiful and well recorded album. The opening tune, Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion, is so intense and lush, instant goose bumps.Actually sets the mood for the whole album.

Andre Heuvelman is a fantastic trumpet player, I don't recall ever hearing a trumpet sound that beautiful. And I am a big trumpet fan, I got pratically all Miles, Clifford,Chet and Wynton's recordings, this album has a more classical approach, but never the less I find Mr. Heuvelman whom I had never heard of before, up there with Wynton Marsalis. I actually think that Andre Heuvelman has a more beutiful tone.

The Sound Stage is, just as the other albums from this exquisite little company, deep, lush and with  a beautiful decay. It might even be Sound Liaison's best Sounding album, which is quite an achievement since their other albums were already in a class of their own.

 

 

Posted on: 12 February 2014 by TomK

Springsteen live in Cape Town, from his web site in Flac. It's an astonishingly good live recording.

Posted on: 19 February 2014 by Stevee_S
Originally Posted by k:

 

Just got this one from the Sound Liaison Site.(soundliaison.com) Must be brand new, because when I checked the site, this Sunday it was not on yet.

Incredible beautiful and well recorded album. The opening tune, Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion, is so intense and lush, instant goose bumps.Actually sets the mood for the whole album.

Andre Heuvelman is a fantastic trumpet player, I don't recall ever hearing a trumpet sound that beautiful. And I am a big trumpet fan, I got pratically all Miles, Clifford,Chet and Wynton's recordings, this album has a more classical approach, but never the less I find Mr. Heuvelman whom I had never heard of before, up there with Wynton Marsalis. I actually think that Andre Heuvelman has a more beutiful tone.

The Sound Stage is, just as the other albums from this exquisite little company, deep, lush and with  a beautiful decay. It might even be Sound Liaison's best Sounding album, which is quite an achievement since their other albums were already in a class of their own.

 

 

Thanks for a great description k. It has tempted me to try and find somewhere to get a listen to it. I'll try the site you downloaded it from first. 

 

Steve

Posted on: 23 February 2014 by MDS

Downloaded a 24/192 FLAC version of Eagles' Hotel California from Highresaudio.de yesterday.  At 18 I thought it a bit expensive but it is definitely better than my CD version.  The bass guitar and kick drums in particular have much more weight and better resolution.

 

Using downloaded music for me is a bit clunky as I have to transfer the files to a USB stick for popping into my nDAC but I'll probably use this site again.  

Posted on: 23 February 2014 by GraemeH
Originally Posted by MDS:

Downloaded a 24/192 FLAC version of Eagles' Hotel California from Highresaudio.de yesterday.  At 18 I thought it a bit expensive but it is definitely better than my CD version.  The bass guitar and kick drums in particular have much more weight and better resolution.

 

Using downloaded music for me is a bit clunky as I have to transfer the files to a USB stick for popping into my nDAC but I'll probably use this site again.  

Qobuz definitely cheaper if you are looking for others- think I paid 15.99.

 

G

Posted on: 23 February 2014 by fatcat

HiDef. Free Xmas downloads from Linn

Posted on: 23 February 2014 by MDS
Originally Posted by GraemeH:
Originally Posted by MDS:

Downloaded a 24/192 FLAC version of Eagles' Hotel California from Highresaudio.de yesterday.  At 18 I thought it a bit expensive but it is definitely better than my CD version.  The bass guitar and kick drums in particular have much more weight and better resolution.

 

Using downloaded music for me is a bit clunky as I have to transfer the files to a USB stick for popping into my nDAC but I'll probably use this site again.  

Qobuz definitely cheaper if you are looking for others- think I paid 15.99.

 

G

Thanks, Graeme. Will have a browse at the Qobuz site.  I'm a newbie at this downloading lark. 

Posted on: 26 February 2014 by migo
Originally Posted by k:

 

Just got this one from the Sound Liaison Site.(soundliaison.com) Must be brand new, because when I checked the site, this Sunday it was not on yet.

Incredible beautiful and well recorded album. The opening tune, Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion, is so intense and lush, instant goose bumps.Actually sets the mood for the whole album.

Andre Heuvelman is a fantastic trumpet player, I don't recall ever hearing a trumpet sound that beautiful. And I am a big trumpet fan, I got pratically all Miles, Clifford,Chet and Wynton's recordings, this album has a more classical approach, but never the less I find Mr. Heuvelman whom I had never heard of before, up there with Wynton Marsalis. I actually think that Andre Heuvelman has a more beutiful tone.

The Sound Stage is, just as the other albums from this exquisite little company, deep, lush and with  a beautiful decay. It might even be Sound Liaison's best Sounding album, which is quite an achievement since their other albums were already in a class of their own.

 

 

I have bought this one too. It is a 24/88.2  Studio Master Download Wav file.

Incredible well recorded and the playing is top notch.And yes ''Oblivion'' is fantastic, but my favorite is ''Incontro'' with the gorgeous cello introduction.

 Mr Heuvelmann is a thinking artist, I really like his own comments on the music of the album;

"Sometimes you find what you are not looking for and that is especially true for the music on this album. The music on After Silence crossed my path, by meeting people or visiting places, events taking place or just materializing in my mind, but the one unifying factor for all 11 compositions is that they appeared after a moment of silence. 
Silence is the most important part of my music making. 
Silence is there, foregoing every first note I play. 
Silence being the place for inspiration. 
Silence which lets me start each piece of music as a child hearing it for the first time. 
Silence keeping me from automatically following the beaten path."...... Andre Heuvelman 

There is also a free track available for download on the Sound Liaison site from this album. 

 

 

Posted on: 01 March 2014 by DenisA

Eat Your Robot - 'That Winning Smile Of Dinner' Beermat & EP Download Code (FLAC)

 

http://eatyourrobot.bandcamp.c...ning-smile-of-dinner 

 

 

 

 

Posted on: 01 March 2014 by Clive B

I spoke with a representative from Qobuz at the Bristol show who said that it would be offering a high resolution download service in the UK from April. He also suggested a typical price of 13.

 

Greater choice and a lower price might stimulate more risk taking with what seems to me to be the variable quality of some of these high resolution (often compressed) downloads. It was interesting to note though that all material used in the Statement demo was simply 16bit, 44.1kHz CD rips.

Posted on: 29 March 2014 by Stevee_S

Thanks to a heads up from blorbed. now downloading the Doors 9 album Studio Masters in 24/96 from Quobuz. Great value at about 20 for the lot.

Posted on: 29 March 2014 by Harry

Any good?

Posted on: 29 March 2014 by Stevee_S
Originally Posted by Harry:

Any good?

No idea yet Harry, just downloading it at the moment.

 

Steve

Posted on: 29 March 2014 by GraemeH

Yes: Relayer, The Yes Album and (studio master) Fragile. Qobuz.

 

G

Posted on: 29 March 2014 by Harry

Good choice Graeme.