Sources for Hi-Res audio files

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by SteveJewels, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. SteveJewels

    SteveJewels TunerHeaven.com Subscriber

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    I am marooned on a desert island and unable to get to my analog sources so I have decided to get a portable DAP and some IEM's until I can get back to civilization.

    (I have accepted an assignment in western China and it looks as though I will be here for a while.)

    The Audio-Technica IM03's will be delivered today. I have not yet decided on a DAP but I am leaning toward the Onkyo DP-X1a.

    Streaming is not always a viable option for me as I have only the hotel Wi-Fi or cellular data for connectivity. The hotel Wi-Fi seems to be ok but I am looking to have files on the DAP.

    What are good sources for purchasing Hi-Res audio files? What have you used? What do they cost? What do you recommend?

    Thanks,

    Steve
     
  2. Drugolf

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    Wow, no responses. I am wondering the same.
    HELP?!
     
  3. E-Stat

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    I purchase mine at HDTracks.com. Price varies by resolution and they frequently have sales. They have quite a catalog of stuff both old and new.
     
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  5. lizard84

    lizard84 Abider

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    What he said.
     
  6. botrytis

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  7. E-Stat

    E-Stat Super Member

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    Thanks for the reference!
     
  8. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    There are others. Linn is one. Also try Deutsche Gramophone.
     
  9. SteveJewels

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    [​IMG]

    I knew I liked vinyl for a reason. :)

    Thanks for the responses.

    I am in China. Everyone I ask here says, "Oh no, they are free on the web." LOL
     
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  10. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    Well, if you heard some high res files, that were actually engineered in high res, not just a CD master that was expanded for high res, you would be impressed. You also need a DAC that can play the files.
     
  11. SteveJewels

    SteveJewels TunerHeaven.com Subscriber

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    Update:

    I found a DAP, the Onkyo DP-X1a and some IEM's, Audio-Technica IM03's.

    I have been listening to some of the digital stuff I have accumulated over the years from ripping my CD's and have been downloading files from Amazon Prime music. I was quite surprised at the improvement in SQ when listening to the same files on the DP-X1a compared to a Sandisk MP3 player. So far so good.

    Now it is time to get some good Hi-Res files. Still looking or recommendations on places to buy files and suggestions for what files, technique of recording and mastering rather as well as good quality playback.

    I did see the other thread with reviews. I found some good information there.

    Thanks

    Steve
     
  12. MakingWaves

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    Hi Steve, you how you like your Onkyo ?
    I almost pulled the trigger on one this morning but I thought it would be best to talk to someone who owns one first,
    I have a million questions but first tell me your impressions

    Thanks
    Marcos
     
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  14. dewdude

    dewdude I fix stuff.

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    I'd argue that a lot of our favorite tunes were never mastered to audiophile standards to start with.

    I'm going to have to investigate Hotel California. I have the original DVD audio 192khz source and thought it sounded fantastic. I have the HDTracks version...but I assumed it was largely just the DVD-A version.

    I do know I was disappointed in the SACD release.
     
  15. FauxHall

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    Blue Coast music has some great stuff. Well recorded and mastered but a bit pricey.

    They love DSD. Even do San Francisco Symphony catalog including all of Mahler's symphonies.

    http://store.bluecoastmusic.com/store

    I second HDTracks too.
     
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