On-line music sellers and high-res

Robert Harley -- Wed, 07/23/2008 - 17:21

I have enjoyed TAS since 1976, enduring its early unpredictable publishing calendar, and I have always found the writing outstanding.

When I read of new digital versions of material which predate the invention of the CD, I wonder just how one can obtain a high resolution digital version without going back to the source material, probably audio tape masters. So just how does a digital music provider get a high resolution version of a classic, say, Late for the Sky? I have heard many poor sounding CD’s of classics, so how do the new music services work miracles on a large scale?

Kevin H. Park, Esq.

Robert Harley -- Wed, 07/23/2008 - 17:21

Thank you for your comments about TAS.

The answer is that the record company would have to remaster the title from the original elements using a high-resolution A/D converter. Some DVD-A and SACD titles have been made from a standard 44.1kHz/16-bit source, which doesn’t confer any sonic improvements.

I hope that the on-line music stores truly deliver high-res, and not just upsampled versions of standard-resolution sources.

firedog -- Sat, 02/06/2010 - 10:59

I recently wrote HDTracks asking this very guestion. Their reply:

"Thank you for your email. Regarding our high resolution 96/24 and
88.2/24 files (these are indicated with red text either below or above
the album cover art that reads "Audiophile 88khz/24bit" or "Audiophile
96khz/24bit"), they are taken directly from the studio masters (either
digital or analogue tape) or direct from the DSD stream of the SACD.
They are all native high resolution recordings and are not up sampled.
If we find out that any of these albums are not native high resolution,
they are immediately taken off our site."

I think that's a pretty satisfying answer.

Carl Espy (not verified) -- Thu, 02/04/2010 - 15:55

When will TAS begin to review the high resolution digital music now being offered on the internet by numerous suppliers?

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