• Van Halen Studio Albums 1978-1984 High Resolution 24 Bit / 192 kHz Download

    I've been a fan of Van Halen since purchasing the cassette of 1984 as a nine year old budding audiophile. The album cover depicting a child with cigarettes was quite controversial back in the day. Soon after immersing myself in all the treasures on the 1984 album I purchased the previous five studio albums completing my collection of Van Halen cassettes. When the Compact Disc versions of the first six albums were released I purchased each one. As a Sophomore in high school I heard Pearl Jam and Nirvana for the first time and my taste in music immediately changed. I subsequently sold all my Van Halen CDs, with the exception of 1984, at the local used record shop. It's hard to believe I collected about a dollar for each of the first five Van Halen CDs, and walked out the door satisfied. The time had finally come to replenish my Van Halen music collection when I noticed HDtracks offering Van Halen's first six studio albums in high resolution at both 24 bit / 96 kHz and 24 bit / 192 kHz . I opted for the 24/192 download, containing 8 GB of FLAC files. Thirteen minutes later I had all sixty tracks on my desktop. I started listening to the albums in order of release, Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women And Children First, etc. Soon after the first click of the mouse I was hooked on high resolution Van Halen. The first six albums sound as good or better than any Van Halen release in recent memory. In fact I've had the entire Studio Album collection on repeat for several hours. Maybe I'll watch Fast Times At Ridgemont High tonight so I can see Mike Damone sell Van Halen tickets to two kids for a "sixteen" dollar profit.

















    Van Halen Studio Albums 1978-1984 24 bit / 192 kHz

    I downloaded the Van Halen Studio Albums 1978-1984 from HDtracks at 24 bit / 192 kHz ($109.98). A 24/96 version is available for $79.98. As I said in the opening paragraph the sound of these albums is fantastic. You Really Got Me and Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love both sound great. Eddie's guitar, Alex's drum & cymbal work, and Michael's bass all have great separation from each other throughout the entire two tracks. On disc 2 Van Halen II, I can't get over how great Spanish Fly sounds with its dynamic range score of 15. I only wish the track was 10:02 rather than 1:02. On Disc 3 Women And Children First the first two tracks sound better than ever. The long drum and guitar intro to Everybody Wants Some is worthy of some serious high volume. Disc 4 Fair Warning sounds good, but according to the measurement tools something is amiss with the album. I encourage readers to listen to the album first before making any judgement. The dynamic range values for all the tracks are very good. My favorites on this album Mean Street and Unchained both sound good. I can't definitively conclude this version of the album has been upsampled, but the frequency analysis appears to show upsampling from 44.1 to 192 kHz. On Disc 5 Diver Down tracks five through nine may be the best five tracks in a row on the entire collection. They all sound terrific. Eddie's guitars, electric and acoustic, sound as good as I've ever heard. Finishing up the Studio Album download is 1984. The album is full of hits and the all sound great. Many tech savvy readers will be surprised to see information near 30 kHz in the spectrum analysis for a few tracks. Nobody can hear this information, but it's a sign this is definitely a high resolution download.



    The downloaded files all contain embedded metadata also known as tags. All the albums are tagged correctly and the album art is embedded into each file. Some readers may dislike that the albums are tagged as Studio Albums 1978-1984 Disc 1, Studio Albums 1978-1984 Disc 2, Studio Albums 1978-1984 Disc 3, etc… rather than Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women And Children First, etc. However, the downloaded collection is labeled correctly. Each track has the Disc Number metadata tag entered properly. This enables users to sort by disc number. After importing the entire collection into JRiver Media Center I didn't have to change or add any metadata.





    Dynamic Range, Frequency, and Bit Depth Analysis

    All files were checked for true 24 bit content using Prof. Scott's 16 v. 24 bit checking tool. The results of this check are displayed HERE


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    Analyzed folder: /Van Halen/Studio Albums 1978-1984/Disc 01 Van Halen
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    DR Peak RMS Filename
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    DR12 -0.83 dB -15.82 dB 01-Runnin' With The Devil.wav
    DR12 -1.31 dB -16.16 dB 02-Eruption.wav
    DR11 -1.90 dB -15.55 dB 03-You Really Got Me.wav
    DR13 -1.80 dB -16.28 dB 04-Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love.wav
    DR12 -2.09 dB -16.14 dB 05-I'm The One.wav
    DR12 -2.59 dB -17.30 dB 06-Jamie's Cryin'.wav
    DR12 -2.70 dB -16.81 dB 07-Atomic Punk.wav
    DR12 -3.41 dB -17.42 dB 08-Feel Your Love Tonight.wav
    DR13 -2.78 dB -17.59 dB 09-Little Dreamer.wav
    DR13 -2.66 dB -18.54 dB 10-Ice Cream Man.wav
    DR14 -1.32 dB -17.25 dB 11-On Fire.wav
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    Number of files: 11
    Official DR value: DR12


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    Analyzed folder: /Van Halen/Studio Albums 1978-1984/Disc 02 Van Halen II
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    DR12 -0.86 dB -16.45 dB 01-You're No Good.wav
    DR11 -1.46 dB -15.78 dB 02-Dance The Night Away.wav
    DR12 -0.80 dB -15.72 dB 03-Somebody Get Me A Doctor.wav
    DR12 -1.46 dB -16.10 dB 04-Bottoms Up!.wav
    DR13 -1.48 dB -16.11 dB 05-Outta Love Again.wav
    DR12 -1.29 dB -15.57 dB 06-Light Up The Sky.wav
    DR15 -1.41 dB -20.95 dB 07-Spanish Fly.wav
    DR12 -1.64 dB -16.24 dB 08-D.O.A..wav
    DR13 -0.93 dB -16.28 dB 09-Women In Love....wav
    DR12 -0.63 dB -15.53 dB 10-Beautiful Girls.wav
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    Number of files: 10
    Official DR value: DR12


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    Analyzed folder: /Van Halen/Studio Albums 1978-1984/Disc 03 Women And Children First
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    DR13 -0.54 dB -16.80 dB 01-And The Cradle Will Rock....wav
    DR13 -2.19 dB -17.15 dB 02-Everybody Wants Some!!.wav
    DR12 -2.28 dB -17.29 dB 03-Fools.wav
    DR12 -2.85 dB -17.81 dB 04-Romeo Delight.wav
    DR13 -1.94 dB -18.72 dB 05-Tora! Tora!.wav
    DR13 -2.28 dB -17.13 dB 06-Loss Of Control.wav
    DR14 -1.84 dB -17.26 dB 07-Take Your Whiskey Home.wav
    DR13 -5.38 dB -20.99 dB 08-Could This Be Magic.wav
    DR13 -2.76 dB -18.38 dB 09-In A Simple Rhyme.wav
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    Number of files: 9
    Official DR value: DR13


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    Analyzed folder: /Van Halen/Studio Albums 1978-1984/Disc 04 Fair Warning
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    DR12 -1.97 dB -16.78 dB 01-Mean Street.wav
    DR12 -1.46 dB -15.54 dB 02-Dirty Movies.wav
    DR12 -0.98 dB -14.76 dB 03-Sinner's Swing!.wav
    DR12 -1.50 dB -15.33 dB 04-Hear About It Later.wav
    DR12 -2.01 dB -15.80 dB 05-Unchained.wav
    DR13 -1.49 dB -16.64 dB 06-Push Comes To Shove.wav
    DR12 -0.35 dB -14.44 dB 07-So This Is Love.wav
    DR13 -2.01 dB -16.35 dB 08-Sunday Afternoon In The Park.wav
    DR12 -2.16 dB -15.32 dB 09-One Foot Out The Door.wav
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    Number of files: 9
    Official DR value: DR12


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    Analyzed folder: /Van Halen/Studio Albums 1978-1984/Disc 05 Diver Down
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    DR12 -1.96 dB -15.95 dB 01-Where Have All The Good Times Gone!.wav
    DR11 -1.32 dB -14.46 dB 02-Hang 'em High.wav
    DR9 -5.00 dB -19.19 dB 03-Cathedral.wav
    DR13 -1.72 dB -16.82 dB 04-Secrets.wav
    DR12 -0.45 dB -14.94 dB 05-Intruder.wav
    DR11 -1.43 dB -14.08 dB 06-(Oh) Pretty Woman.wav
    DR13 -0.89 dB -15.42 dB 07-Dancing In The Street.wav
    DR12 -5.29 dB -20.80 dB 08-Little Guitars (Intro).wav
    DR12 -2.02 dB -15.58 dB 09-Little Guitars.wav
    DR12 -2.54 dB -16.86 dB 10-Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now).wav
    DR12 -1.53 dB -15.82 dB 11-The Full Bug.wav
    DR11 -3.70 dB -18.43 dB 12-Happy Trails.wav
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    Number of files: 12
    Official DR value: DR12


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    Analyzed folder: /Van Halen/Studio Albums 1978-1984/Disc 06 1984
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    DR12 -3.34 dB -18.89 dB 01-1984.wav
    DR12 -1.60 dB -15.74 dB 02-Jump.wav
    DR12 -1.51 dB -15.39 dB 03-Panama.wav
    DR13 -1.31 dB -16.07 dB 04-Top Jimmy.wav
    DR12 -1.08 dB -15.03 dB 05-Drop Dead Legs.wav
    DR13 -1.00 dB -15.92 dB 06-Hot For Teacher.wav
    DR13 -0.70 dB -16.01 dB 07-I'll Wait.wav
    DR12 -0.67 dB -15.47 dB 08-Girl Gone Bad.wav
    DR11 -0.36 dB -13.82 dB 09-House Of Pain.wav
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    Number of files: 9
    Official DR value: DR12


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    Comments 74 Comments
    1. Tournesol's Avatar
      Tournesol -
      Great article. Thanks.

      I will wait for the single album releases though.
    1. Julf's Avatar
      Julf -
      Great review - but one small detail - I think "Prof. Scott's 16 v. 24 bit checking tool" should really be credited to users "nu774" and "skamp" @ Hydrogen Audio. Passing that test is no guarantee that the material is genuinely 24 bits - it only detects crude zero-padding, and any filtering, rate conversion or dithering will hide the zero bits.
    1. boh's Avatar
      boh -
      Hi, thanks for the review! Just did a quick DR on my old CD:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Analyzed: Van Halen / 1984
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      DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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      DR12 -4.92 dB -21.85 dB 1:09 01-1984
      DR14 -2.35 dB -18.45 dB 4:03 02-Jump
      DR14 -2.36 dB -17.96 dB 3:33 03-Panama
      DR14 -0.91 dB -18.78 dB 3:02 04-Top Jimmy
      DR13 -1.72 dB -17.71 dB 4:14 05-Drop Dead Legs
      DR14 -1.88 dB -18.74 dB 4:45 06-Hot for Teacher
      DR14 -1.26 dB -18.86 dB 4:44 07-I'll Wait
      DR14 -0.78 dB -18.18 dB 4:35 08-Girl Gone Bad
      DR14 -0.32 dB -16.61 dB 3:18 09-House of Pain
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      Number of tracks: 9
      Official DR value: DR14
      Samplerate: 44100 Hz
      Channels: 2
      Bits per sample: 16
      Bitrate: 958 kbps
      Codec: FLAC: It seems like we have lost DR even though we have 24 bits to play with instead of 16?
    1. wgscott's Avatar
      wgscott -
      Quote Originally Posted by Julf View Post
      Great review - but one small detail - I think "Prof. Scott's 16 v. 24 bit checking tool" should really be credited to users "nu774" and "skamp" @ Hydrogen Audio. Passing that test is no guarantee that the material is genuinely 24 bits - it only detects crude zero-padding, and any filtering, rate conversion or dithering will hide the zero bits.

      Yes, I am but a humble, naive user.

      That, and I always shell-script in zsh.
    1. firedog's Avatar
      firedog -
      Not going to buy this, but good to know that more classic rock has been released in hi-res without being volume compressed to death.

      Anybody have Redbook of this to compare the DR figures. Be interesting to see if the mainstream release is the same.
    1. One and a half's Avatar
      One and a half -
      Quote Originally Posted by firedog View Post
      Not going to buy this, but good to know that more classic rock has been released in hi-res without being volume compressed to death.

      Anybody have Redbook of this to compare the DR figures. Be interesting to see if the mainstream release is the same.
      The DR database goes back to 1978 even vinyls.
    1. testikoff's Avatar
      testikoff -
      Quote Originally Posted by firedog View Post
      Anybody have Redbook of this to compare the DR figures. Be interesting to see if the mainstream release is the same.
      The original VH CD releases in DR ascending order:

      DR10: Van Halen / Fair Warning
      DR12: Van Halen / Diver Down
      DR12: Van Halen / Van Halen II
      DR13: Van Halen / Van Halen
      DR13: Van Halen / Women and Children First
      DR14: Van Halen / 1984
    1. Dr Tone's Avatar
      Dr Tone -
      The only other copies I have at my disposal are the HDCD reissues. Definitely a different master. I immediately go to Unchained and the intro guitar for unchained in the 24/192 version isn't as hard panned left and a little recessed, definite compression on the HDCD remaster. So if Fair Warning was up-sampled from something it wasn't the HDCD version.
    1. jcpom's Avatar
      jcpom -
      if tracks are upsampled from 44.1 kHz, why pay more for 192kHz vs 96kHz?
    1. woodcans's Avatar
      woodcans -
      There's a 10% off code good through 4/10 on HDTracks page for the set.
    1. Krutsch's Avatar
      Krutsch -
      Wow... I saw VH in Madison, WI, when they toured for their initial album release. That was the concert they apologized to the Sheraton hotel for trashing the place after the show (it's mentioned in the liner notes for VH II). I still remember Eddie running across the stage and sliding onto his knees to kick off Eruption. I am downloading this tonight...

      One question: is there really any reason to purchase the 192kHz version? Do you think the digital copies are really transfers made at that sample rate or are these just upsampled from 96 or even 44.1? Just curious...
    1. agentalbert's Avatar
      agentalbert -
      Quote Originally Posted by boh View Post
      Hi, thanks for the review! Just did a quick DR on my old CD:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Analyzed: Van Halen / 1984
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      DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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      DR12 -4.92 dB -21.85 dB 1:09 01-1984
      DR14 -2.35 dB -18.45 dB 4:03 02-Jump
      DR14 -2.36 dB -17.96 dB 3:33 03-Panama
      DR14 -0.91 dB -18.78 dB 3:02 04-Top Jimmy
      DR13 -1.72 dB -17.71 dB 4:14 05-Drop Dead Legs
      DR14 -1.88 dB -18.74 dB 4:45 06-Hot for Teacher
      DR14 -1.26 dB -18.86 dB 4:44 07-I'll Wait
      DR14 -0.78 dB -18.18 dB 4:35 08-Girl Gone Bad
      DR14 -0.32 dB -16.61 dB 3:18 09-House of Pain
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      Number of tracks: 9
      Official DR value: DR14
      Samplerate: 44100 Hz
      Channels: 2
      Bits per sample: 16
      Bitrate: 958 kbps
      Codec: FLAC: It seems like we have lost DR even though we have 24 bits to play with instead of 16?
      The old CD may have had a high end boost, which can artificially juice the dynamic range. That's speculation, of course.
    1. Tournesol's Avatar
      Tournesol -
      This is my original CD from around 1984, an already awesome sounding CD. Just listen to the drum intro on Hot for Teacher. Kicks butt! The DR is quite impressive. Better than 24bit version.

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      Analyzed folder: /Volumes/music/Van Halen/1984
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      DR Peak RMS Filename
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      DR14 -2.13 dB -18.85 dB 06 Van Halen - Hot For Teacher.m4a
      DR14 -2.65 dB -18.13 dB 03 Van Halen - Panama.m4a
      DR13 -1.90 dB -17.76 dB 05 Van Halen - Drop Dead Legs.m4a
      DR12 -6.27 dB -21.87 dB 01 Van Halen - 1984.m4a
      DR14 -1.38 dB -18.92 dB 07 Van Halen - I'll Wait.m4a
      DR14 -1.72 dB -18.38 dB 08 Van Halen - Girl Gone Bad.m4a
      DR14 -2.59 dB -18.52 dB 02 Van Halen - Jump.m4a
      DR14 -2.00 dB -18.81 dB 04 Van Halen - Top Jimmy.m4a
      DR14 -0.64 dB -16.71 dB 09 Van Halen - House Of Pain.m4a
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      Number of files: 9
      Official DR value: DR14


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    1. Audio_ELF's Avatar
      Audio_ELF -
      So... Are the 24/192 better than the 24/96? Are both better than a 16/44.1 CDRB copy?

      Or are we just being told to buy the highest bit rate just because they have bigger numbers in the adverts.

      Come on Chris... Try to get some of the lower bit rate versions an compare!!

      Subjective comparisons are fine.
    1. BattleScarze's Avatar
      BattleScarze -
      Hi,

      Thanks for the review and letting us know about the releases...gotta love old Van Halen.

      I currently own the original red book CD's and the HDCD's...there is more "Air" in the HDCD's BUT there is slight sibilance which is non-existent on the CD's...has anyone noticed if there is any hint of sibilance on the hi-res downloads??

      I will most likely download but would really appreciate some honesty on the sibilance...again its slight but noticeable.
    1. RobbieC's Avatar
      RobbieC -
      Quote Originally Posted by Julf View Post
      Great review - but one small detail - I think "Prof. Scott's 16 v. 24 bit checking tool" should really be credited to users "nu774" and "skamp" @ Hydrogen Audio. Passing that test is no guarantee that the material is genuinely 24 bits - it only detects crude zero-padding, and any filtering, rate conversion or dithering will hide the zero bits.
      Stigler's law of eponymy.
    1. Julf's Avatar
      Julf -
      Quote Originally Posted by RobbieC View Post
      Stigler's law of eponymy.
      I prefer Whitehead's version - "Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it"
    1. EuroChamp's Avatar
      EuroChamp -
      Hm, my CD shows a different DR range:

      foobar2000 1.2 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
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      DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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      DR12 -0.10 dB -15.28 dB 1:09 01-1984
      DR7 -0.08 dB -9.13 dB 4:04 02-Jump
      DR9 -0.09 dB -9.96 dB 3:33 03-Panama
      DR9 -0.09 dB -10.89 dB 3:02 04-Top Jimmy
      DR7 -0.09 dB -9.03 dB 4:16 05-Drop Dead Legs
      DR7 -0.09 dB -8.98 dB 4:45 06-Hot For Teacher
      DR9 -0.09 dB -11.16 dB 4:45 07-I'll Wait
      DR7 -0.09 dB -9.15 dB 4:36 08-Girl Gone Bad
      DR7 -0.09 dB -8.91 dB 3:20 09-House of Pain
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Official DR value: DR8
    1. Tournesol's Avatar
      Tournesol -
      Quote Originally Posted by EuroChamp View Post
      Hm, my CD shows a different DR range:

      foobar2000 1.2 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
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      DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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      DR12 -0.10 dB -15.28 dB 1:09 01-1984
      DR7 -0.08 dB -9.13 dB 4:04 02-Jump
      DR9 -0.09 dB -9.96 dB 3:33 03-Panama
      DR9 -0.09 dB -10.89 dB 3:02 04-Top Jimmy
      DR7 -0.09 dB -9.03 dB 4:16 05-Drop Dead Legs
      DR7 -0.09 dB -8.98 dB 4:45 06-Hot For Teacher
      DR9 -0.09 dB -11.16 dB 4:45 07-I'll Wait
      DR7 -0.09 dB -9.15 dB 4:36 08-Girl Gone Bad
      DR7 -0.09 dB -8.91 dB 3:20 09-House of Pain
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Official DR value: DR8
      That's because it's one ofe the remasters. My CD is from back in the eighties.
    1. Veovis's Avatar
      Veovis -
      I'm a bit sceptic towards HDtracks since they rarely (never?) tell the costumer anything about the process behind their releases. How can we know that what they sell are true 24/96 (or 24/192) transfers of the best master tapes available? I'd be especially surprised if a record company actually makes two new digital transfers, one in 24/96 and one in 24/192, of the analouge master tape to sell as downloads through HDtracks. Until they at least tell me otherwise I would assume that they make one digital transfer in either 24/96 or 24/192 and then up- or downsample the result in order to sell as a different version. Which means what you buy is either bogus 24/192 or inferior downsampled 24/96 files.

      I hope I'm wrong about this, but until they introduce some kind of declaration of the stuff they sell I'll only buy things I assume is genuin hirez stuff, such as David Bowies latest album (24/48 i think). Or the latest Rush album in 24/96. When it comes to the older stuff from the analougue era I'm, as I said, a bit sceptic. Buying the 24/96 version of an Alice Cooper album from the 70's didn't exactly make me change my mind...