Forgive if this has been mentioned elseware or this is the wrong forum to post this thread in....
This appears to be legitimate and not some bootleg "remix" site. Taken at face value, this site is offering high resolution downloads of numerous artist' albums, most in 192kHz/24-bit quality. Taken from their front page that describes the quality difference:
- A CD is 1411 Kbps which is why your CDs sound so much better than your MP3s (or 48kHz/16-bit which is what a stereo WAV file is)
- An HDtracks Master Quality file is typically either 96kHz/24-bit or 192kHz/24-bit, meaning that it has twice the bit depth of your favorite CD and up to 9612Kbps of sonic information!
All the albums appear to be official releases from their respective record labels. A large number of the artist' albums listed (The Doors and Talking Heads catalog for example) have been previously released as high resolution SACDs or other hi-rez audio discs in the last 10+ years but there's an intriguing number of other albums that have never been released in such formats.
The key issue is the buyer has no idea if they are simply upsampled from existing CD digital masters or actually directly taken from "master" tapes at full 192kHz/24-bit resolution as it appears the sources are furnished by the respective record labels. There's little to no info as to the sources and the process. Anyone who remembers when the CD format was first introduced, some albums sounded like crap because the masters used where actually analog cassette masters despite record company claims otherwise or when Mobile Fidelity put out pricey "Mastersound Gold Discs" supposedly using master tapes, some titles came from nothing close to "master" sources.