• More HRx 24 bit / 176.4 kHz From Reference Recordings

    Reference Recordings has released two additional HRx titles! Shakespeare's TEMPEST (RR-115 HRx) and Exotic Dances from the Opera (RR-71 HRx). The release of Exotic Dances provides a very unique opportunity for audiophiles. Well, the opportunity has just about come to fruition. The 16/44.1 and 24/176.4 versions of Exotic Dances are available now and there will soon be a 24/96 version available (hint, hint). This will allow everyone with a capable DAC to test for themselves the sonic differences between 16/44.1, 24/96 and 24/176.4.
     

    Reference Recordings initially released Exotic Dances as a 16/44.1 HDCD on a physical Compact Disc. This album is still available through traditional outlets and through HDTracks online as an instant download. The 24/96 version will be available soon via a very similar process. The 24/176.4 version can be purchased directly from Reference Recordings right now. This is a really great opportunity for audiophiles to experience the differences between each resolution. I encourage everyone to give this a shot. Especially the audio skeptics :-) Testing these albums for yourself is really the only way to answer the question recently posted in the Computer Audiophile forums. Dan Lavry of Lavry Engineering suggested that anything above 70 kHz is not audible and the perfect resolution is between 60 and 70 kHz. Well, this is a fabulous opportunity see hear for yourself.

     
    More information available directly from Reference Recordings.

     

     





    RR-115 HRx
    Shakespeare's TEMPEST
    Sullivan • Sibelius
    Kansas City Symphony
    Michael Stern, conductor


     

     

     






    RR-71 HRx
    Exotic Dances from the Opera
    Minnesota Orchestra
    Eiji Oue, conductor


     

     



     

     
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      NICE!<br />
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      Thanks for the post gab!
    1. DavidJPettifor's Avatar
      DavidJPettifor -
      I'd so like to purchase the 24/96 version but unfortunately that's not possible at present. It seems that HDtracks can't sell outside of the US.<br />
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      <strong><blockquote></strong>Q: I live in a country outside of the United States. Are there territory restrictions? <br />
      A: Yes, at this time, HDtracks only serves people residing in the United States. <strong></blockquote></strong><br />
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      djp
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      I'll see if I can get some info on this U.S. only deal.
    1. DavidJPettifor's Avatar
      DavidJPettifor -
      Cheers Chris. I've emailed HDtracks myself regarding overseas purchasers, but so far I haven't received a response, though I did send it over the weekend.<br />
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      I'll post here when I get a reply.<br />
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      djp
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      I talked to HDtracks about it this morning. They are working through the legal issues involved with expanding to other countries. slowly but surely it will happen. <br />
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      The word on the street says there are ways around this problem for international buyers :-)
    1. DavidJPettifor's Avatar
      DavidJPettifor -
      Looks like the 24/96 store is up and running! <br />
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      http://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?file=staticpage&pagename=audiophile_96kh z<br />
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      djp
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      The official press release is coming out tomorrow from HDTracks. <br />
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      Make sure to check your inbox very soon for a little something concerning HDTracks (hint hint).
    1. The Sound Guy's Avatar
      The Sound Guy -
      RR records in 88.2/24 and 176.4/24. They have claimed for many years that resampling affects the sound. Hence they refused to make SACDs. They also claimed that DVD-A players were not good enough and refused to make DVD-A discs. I'll be very surprised that are doing an asynchronous resample to 96/24. But they have already surprised me by starting to make SACDs.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Sound Guy - I talked to RR about the Exotic Dances 24/96 album and they confirmed a new digital transfer was made at 24/96. I am unsure of the other albums, especially the ones that are digital from the start.
    1. The Sound Guy's Avatar
      The Sound Guy -
      Thanks for checking but I'm not sure what you mean by a new digital transfer. The Exotic Dances (RR 71 on CD) or at least Crown Imperial (RR 112 on CD) should be digital recordings. It would have been done at 88.2/24 or 176.4/24 To get 96/24 they should have done an asynchronous resampling unless they converted to analog and then re-converted to digital! Why don't they offer it at 88.2/24? Linn offers 88.2/24! Is this a limitation of HDTracks or is RR making poor decisions (again)? Hope you can clarify. Thanks again.<br />
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Sound Guy - I'm not at liberty to speak the whole truth and nothing but the truth in this circumstance, but I can offer some info.<br />
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      Exotic Dances is an analog master. This should clear up the new digital transfer question.<br />
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      I would not call this poor decision making by RR.<br />
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      Let me do additional research on the other albums.
    1. The Sound Guy's Avatar
      The Sound Guy -
      I didn't expect Exotic Dances to be an analog master especially seeing the CD catalog no as 71. So converting this to 96/24 is probaly a good idea as some DACs (especially computers) don't do 88.2/24 properly. 96/24 can also be written to a DVD-V disc. Do let me know about their all digital recording. <br />
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      I read at http://www.audioasylum.com/forums/pcaudio/messages/37914.html that Chesky records at 192/24 and the tracks are down sampled to 96/24. Is that true? Once hi-rez downloads get popular and internet bandwidth increases, I hope he will offer 192/24 downloads.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      More info.<br />
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      1. Crown Imperial is from a 176.4/24 master and we really would have preferred offering 88.2/24 through HDtracks. The down-conversion to 96 was done as perfect as possible by using two Pacific Microsonics Model 2 converters. <br />
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      2. Chesky now records at 24/192, but hasn't always done so. I am guessing some will be downsampled and others will be native 24/96 on HDTracks. I also hope for 24/192 downloads soon, but I think Chesky has another idea in mind (hint hint).
    1. The Sound Guy's Avatar
      The Sound Guy -
      So HDTracks doesn't allow 88.2/24? That's very unfortunate.<br />
      If two convertors were used, it seems that it involced D-A & an A-D re-conversion. Apparently RR prefers this route. Hope Chesky and other will allow 88.2/24 and 176.4/24 too.<br />
      Is Chesky planning on a BluRay or DVD-A or HRx format?
    1. Paul Williamson's Avatar
      Paul Williamson -
      I've sampled the Rachmaninov, Hot club and recently the Tempest.<br />
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      Even at reduced resolution (my card only gets up to 96k 24bit) there is deeper enjoyment of the music. Hats off to reference Rcordings for doing this and undersatanding what we audiophiles need.<br />
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      Problem is that computer hardware people don't seem to understand audio like I do. Just because it says 192k on the box it does not mean that 192k comes out. I'll give you an example, I recently bought and EMU0404 outboard USB that advertised 192k 24bit. I found out that the high resolution is only put through it's own internal DAC. This DAC might be ok for some but it's still fed by noisy USB power. <br />
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      I have a Lyngedorf all digital amplifier so I need digital out at max resolution. The EMU only gives 96k through the spdif so I kind of got misled. Spesakign with the dealer revealed that it was not in fact possible to extract 192k 24bit out of spdif on any outboard card and that inbuilt cards were only just becoming available.<br />
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      Anyway, The Reference Recordings are an absolute delight at 96k and I can look forward to better sound when the hardware catches up. That is unless somebody can point to suitable hardware that I might have missed?<br />
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    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Paul - Welcome to Computer Audiophile, thanks for the post. You can certainly get up to 24/192 output from a computer with either FireWire or an internal card like the Lynx AES16e. I've used both are the results are stunning. My preference is to use the Lynx digital output at around 20 picoseconds of jitter into my Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC via AES cable. This is a full resolution bit perfect digital signal.
    1. glancy's Avatar
      glancy -
      Wow--This is stunnig. This is the future of audiophile music. Hearing is believing.<br />
      I now have all the HD-X albums. It is like being in the control room.<br />
      It must be done correctly however. I found so far, the best sounding is;<br />
      WaveLab software, Lynx 16e, Esoteric D-05 32 bit DAC, with a Big Ben external clock. The external clock at 176.4 gets rid of all the digital harshness. Media monkey was like shattering glass!<br />
      I would love to hear from you on what you are doing.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi glancy - Welcome to Computer Audiophile. I agree this is definitely the future of audiophile music. The HRx albums are the very best recordings I have ever heard, bar none. Although I did just received a new disc from First Impression Music (LIM DXD 038) and the 16/44.1 music sounds very good.<br />
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      Anyway, I love that you're taking this as far as you are with the Lynx and the external clock. I'll have much more to come about the use of an external clock in the not-to-distant future.<br />
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      It is interesting that you find MediaMonkey like shattering glass. To date it is the best playback application in terms of sound quality that I know of. I base this on listening sessions with external clocks, a Pacific Microsonics Model Two DAC / Clock, Pass Labs & Boulder amplification, TAD M1 loudspeakers and very high performance Magico speakers. Several people have also agreed that MediaMonkey is the most resolving. This includes mastering engineers and members of actual bands who played the music. Both the TAD and Magico systems are very revealing and neither have reproduced a trace of harshness with MediaMonkey unless it was on the actual recording.<br />
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      I'm certainly not saying all this to prove any point or anything, just some observations that we can chat about and improve each others listening experience!<br />
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      You mentioned WaveLab software. Do you have any experience with Sequoia Digital and have an opinion on the sound of it v. WaveLab or MediaMonkey? Just curious.<br />
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      Also, I noticed something that you may want to try. I have both the Lynx AES16 (PCI) and AES16e PCI Express) cards, and find the performance of the AES16 card superior to the AES16e card. In fact the same mastering engineers I mentioned previously agree with this opinion as well. One other thing with the Lynx card is synchro-lock. I have found for the best external clock performance this must not be enabled. <br />
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      Anyway, it is nice to see you post here on the site. The future of high-end audio will be very exciting and the more info we can pass back and forth about how we achieve our best sound the better.<br />
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      Thanks for the post glancy :-)<br />
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    1. glancy's Avatar
      glancy -
      Chris, disabeling Syncro-lock was a very good thing! Big inprovement thanks.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Fabulous glancy! That's what this place is all about.