Originally Posted by kmmcdonald
I have had our new BDP-105D for a few weeks. Where is the best place to buy high resolution "studio" quality .flac and DSD files of classical music? My investigations online so far indicate that it is the wild west, and that some sources provide files are true high resolution, and some are just upconverted from CD format.
Sorry I wanted to post links, but being new here I can't, so you will have to blame the rules or search by yourself :-) Except when I mention, all are in dot com
The biggest classical catalog so far (but no DSD, just HI-Res) : Qobuz (I am a big fan, very good in any type of music BTW)
Another good one for classical : prestoclassical dot co dot uk
Other classical (but I rarely found here something that was no in one of the first two above mentionned) : classiconline and linnrecords
HDTracks has two sites (stupid Right problems, but a good VPN helps ) one is dot com the other dot co dot uk
It is good for folk rock pop, less good for classical. Sometimes the US web site has the Hi_res version where the European ones have low-res (ECM is good at that)
For DSD : yes nativedsd is the best. What is interesting is that you can browse directly by label, like lso dot nativedsd dot com (LSO is quite advanced in SACD / DSD. Unfortunately Vox Alia which has a lot of SACD does not offer DSD.)
And many unknown artists who don't have the chance to published yet can be found on bandcamp sometimes you may find some good things (more pop folk jazz etc. than clasical)
To answer your quastion about true Hi-res, all sites will tell you that they just take whatever the label gives them, and they can't spend time on million titles to check (Qobuz is roughly 30 million titles as of now, and they propose streaming also)
Hope it helps...