Hope I am in the right forum here among all the posts relating to hardware.
I'm quite new to listening to high quality audio files and am looking to find top quality recordings that permit a very natural, musical and detailed reproduction. Best results I have achieved so far is by streaming from a site called the "Digital Concert Hall", a subscription site maintained by the Berlin Philharmonics' from live concert recordings (it is possible to register free of charge and listen to one concert, but I have since signed up to the pay service). From the website, the sound is in stereo 48 kHz/24-bit to AAC encoding with a data rate of 256 kbit/s, so I guess it is not the data rate that makes the difference. The sound is certainly a lot better than a full size .wav or .flac file copied from CD and played from the same PC through the same DAC, amp and speakers.
The concerts all come with video, which I personally find a bit distracting due to the change of camera perspectives in the video (not the audio). Hence I usually do not look at the video.
Joined this forum in the hope that someone among the more experienced AVS digital listeners would be able to point me in the direction of other files (whether as downloads or on disc) or streams of similar recording quality.
Thank you for any thoughts on this.