The best audio I have ever heard have been high rez downloads. Better than my vinyl and my CD's. It is a hit or miss proposition however. The devil is always in the details. Some 24/96 high rez downloads are nothing more than high rez copies of red book CD's or at least, so they sound. The question always is from what masters were they made and what care went into making them. Provided that they are from the actual master analog tape of 24/96 or 24/192 digital recordings, mastered with care. the high rez tracks are superb. Again, that is very hit or miss. However, what I have really found incredible are DSD recordings which are slowly becoming available. They are really like having the studio master in your home. They are only a handful of dacs which decode them but more are coming out and they are actually rather affordable. namely from $800 to $1,500. More and more of the computer software is being designed to handle them with Amarra set to add DSD to their programming in the next few months. You don't need a high end systems to hear the benefits pf high rez or DSD. It is audible on almost any 2 channel system. I will still play my LP's but am transferring all of my CD's onto a laptop with an external solid state hard drive. By the end of this year, it is how I will listen to digital music exclusively.
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4/6/13 at 11:17am