Originally Posted by pepar
Digital downloads will never be found in the bargain bin, not even accidentally. Correspondingly, they won't go OOP and be sold for small ransoms. But personally, I prefer to know a title's history ... who mastered, remastered and/or remixed it. Once committed to shiny discs, there is no opportunity for upscaling, re-sampling, whatever. That gives me peace of mind.
On the Sony gear that was posted on here a few days ago, I cringed when I read it offered "It will upsample any format to double-DSD" as if it could be better than the original. Sheesh, they got some real P.T. Barnums in that HRA design/marketing department.
Just my $.02.
Actually upsampling is a well-accepted and beneficial process in the audio world and is not to be confused with over sampling.
My pre-pro upsamples all digital inputs to 24 bit and 192khz.
This accomplishes several things and one of the main benefits, when correctly implemented, is that is reduces jitter to an insignificant level.
All of the input signals are re-clocked and re-buffered which make the signal time-correct.
I can post a link to the theory and application if anyone wishes but believe me, it is not BS.
And to address another concern you posted, Jeff, that's why I like the Acoustics Sounds download site.
You know the exact
history of the files you are buying.
Certain sources on HD Track are known but many are not. That's why I wanted to included down loads in this thread.