Originally Posted by Milt99
I also looked further on the Channel Classic downloads and found several pieces that are cheaper for download than SACD.
To me CC is exemplary in the options they offer.
Everything from MP3, CD, 24/96, 24/192 to .dff.
CC is a small company and I need to support them as much as I can.
I also have several Channel Classics SACDs, and purchase music discs frequently, classical or (less often) jazz releases from small companies such as Channel Classics.
Having said that, sorry to be a wet blanket about the Channel Classics downloads, but I don't find their current download options compelling when compared to their physical discs. Yes, they offer several options for each downloadable release, however:
* most of the options (the "High Quality" FLAC and MP3) are two-channel only (they could "in principle" offer multi-channel FLAC, but don't)
* when I buy a physical SACD from a label such as Channel Classics, I get the multichannel mix on SACD, the two-channel mix on SACD, and the easily ripped CD-quality two-channel mix on the CD layer
* Channel Classics is currently offering multichannel DSD downloads of a few discs (nine, when I checked), but these downloads cost $33, while their physical SACDs are available for as little as $17 (new, including shipping) from Amazon merchantsEdited by Sonic icons - 8/2/13 at 2:48pm