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Old 25th April 2009, 09:19 AM   #1
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Default HD or high resoslution downlopads?

Has anybody tried HD or high resolution downloads?
Do you have links from shops or demos?
Seems hard to find good mainstream music to download.
MP3 or compressed iTunes downloads are not an option.
HD Tracks only sells in the US.
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Old 25th April 2009, 11:34 AM   #2
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Linn Records has available Classical and Jazz downloads at various resolutions , including 24/96 .flac .
I quite liked "Claire Martin-Too Darn Hot" in 24/96.
You are able to listen to sections of their album tracks at a lower resolution.
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http://www.linnrecords.com/linn-downloads.aspx
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Old 25th April 2009, 12:19 PM   #3
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I've picked up a few things from HD Tracks, but it appears I've "accidently" set my country to United States - you don't need to fill in any of the other address fields to set up an account.
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Old 25th April 2009, 12:28 PM   #4
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I managed a few downloads from them before they brought in their Beta software. After that, they seemed to find something wrong with my Visa Card and rejected it. They wouldn't permit Paypal either. A friend in the U.K. managed to beat their restrictions by giving his postcode as 90210 (!!)
The last time I checked, they still stipulated U.S.A. residents only.
BTW, I am still a member, and get all their updates.

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Old 25th April 2009, 06:05 PM   #5
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Hello,
how do you guys play back the tracks?
Do you play them from computer?
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Old 25th April 2009, 10:00 PM   #6
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Playback from the PC via SPDIF and a good DAC gives the best results.
However, there are a couple of commercial programs that are not
too expensive.- Audio DVD Creator and Cirlinca DVD-Audio Solo.
Goland's Audio DVD Creator will allow you to put several audio albums on a DVD with static video content,(menus and track information) so as to maximise the space available. It can handle 24/96 files, and even do upsampling from lower resolution files.
Cirlinca's DVD-Audio Solo will allow you to make DVD-A discs, that are playable only on DVD-A/SACD players.

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Old 25th April 2009, 10:11 PM   #7
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Sandy,

Not sure why you guys are having troubles?

I just tried registering as a new user using a different email address (still com.au) and the ONLY information I was asked for was email address and password. I was then able to shop and purchase music using paypal. No questions about being a US resident.

Promitheus

I've been D/L FLAC files to save on bandwidth then converting to Apple Lossless. I normally play downloads from computer -> Echo Audiofire 2 -> spdif -> dac..

cheers
Paul
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Old 25th April 2009, 11:17 PM   #8
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The software has had major changes by the look of it, since I last logged in. I will try again later in the day to see whether it will permit me to download once more.
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Old 26th April 2009, 08:22 AM   #9
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Default PC music setup for HD tracks

Promitheus,
I currently use a fanless PC only for music:
Foobar2000 ---> ASIO ---> RME HDSP9632 ---> SPDIF ---> Buffalo DAC + IVY I.
All my music is FLAC files from ripped CDs, DVD, and also HD tracks downloaded from Linn Music online store. I have not tried HD Tracks for the moment. I can easily play music from 16/44 to 24/192 with my setup. Linn Music sells some 24/192 FLAC files; their Haendel's Messiah (Dublin version) is great.
My previous source was a TEAC VRDS25; sound quality wise, I won't go back.
Next step: an ESI Juli@ soundcard to feed the Buffalo DAC with I2S.
All the best,
Alain
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Old 26th April 2009, 08:38 AM   #10
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Hello,
I downloaded some test tracks from HDTracks and saved them on my Popcorn Hour Mediaplayer. I will test them later.
I also want to connect the Opus DAC and try it out.
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