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    Rebecca Pidgeon - The Raven PCM

    I find it confusing that to this day, the 24/88 PCM is the only format specifically referred to as "The Bob Katz 15th Anniversary Remaster" - once one chooses e.g. 24/174 PCM from the scroll-down menu, then checks under "About This Album" it says "click here" leading back to the 24/88 PCM as it used to already back when there was no other high-resolution release on HDtracks than the 24/174 PCM conversion from SACD (presumably, at the time, by Bruce Brown). Most clearly, the CD, SACD and PCM conversion from the earlier DSD sound inferior to the 24/88 PCM "Anniversary Remaster", but it remains unclear if the 24/174 has been updated to Katz's native PCM transfer, and whether today's 64fs and 128fs downloads are conversions from the latter as well. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
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    High-Resolution Downloads to die for…

    I see now. All the titles from those early posts (which date back to before the web site was redone) are gone! One is referring to Keith Jarrett's Köln Concert, of which the new Japanese SACD sounds better than the 24/96 PCM download discussed back then: http://tower.jp/item/4443499/ザ・ケルン・コンサート<タワーレコード限定-完全限定盤> The same is true of the next recording, Erich Kleiber's Figaro: http://tower.jp/item/4457675/モーツァルト:-歌劇「フィガロの結婚」全曲<タワーレコード限定> And again, the same is true of Previn's recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2: http://tower.jp/item/4549246/ラフマニノフ:-交響曲第1番-第3番-&-管弦楽作品集<タワーレコード限定> You'll still find the earlier 24/96 PCM downloads here, of course, however, if you do have SACD playback and/or DSD ripping/computer audio playback capabilities, the above are all preferable: http://www.findhdmusic.com Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  3. acousticsguru

    High-Resolution Downloads to die for…

    Of Keith Jarrett's Köln Concert, there is a Japanese SACD now from Tower Records that sounds better than the PCM download. You'll need to order from Tower Japan, though.
  4. acousticsguru

    High-Resolution Downloads to die for…

    I'm slightly confused by the last few posts, but the search engine to use for high-resolution downloads is this: http://www.findhdmusic.com …which should give you this result: http://www.findhdmusic.com/album/piano-concerto-for-the-left-sanson-francois/5648
  5. acousticsguru

    High-Resolution Downloads to die for…

    Are you looking for a specific one? In some cases, better-sounding remasterings and/or releases have become available, as in the case of the above-quoted Köln Concert, of which there is an SACD and DSD download now. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  6. Some remasterings included in the box-set, but in this particular case, the Beethoven has only been normalized (level-adjusted for the peaks to reach the full 0 dB, a procedure that, to my ears, makes a recording, if anything, sound fractionally worse, although measurably, there's no difference except it's louder). Greetings from Switzerland, David.
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    High-Resolution Downloads to die for…

    On LP, you may be thinking of the Kojian on Reference Recordings, if not some of the legendary analogue recordings (Munch, prefer his second stereo - there are four - and Davis, Silvestri, Klemperer, Bernstein, Ozawa, Paray, Beecham)? Greetings from Switzerland, David.
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    High-Resolution Downloads to die for…

    I have the Gergiev. Not in my top dozen Symphonie Fantastique recordings either… It's true it picks up some steam as it goes, though. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  9. acousticsguru

    High-Resolution Downloads to die for…

    I have a number of recordings, including these, and really can't recommend any of those (interpretatively - the Gatti, despite being DXD, sounds as inanimate as it's played, a cardinal sin in the Symphonie Fantastique, the one Berlioz composition one is least supposed to nod off, IMHO, and I love most if not all!). Feel free to PM me for suggestions! Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  10. This topic has been discussed at length: this recording was transferred from analogue to a 24/96 PCM master, from which all digital conversions are derived starting with the "DG Originals" redbook CD (then came the hybrid SACD, the SHM-SACD next, the separate Blu-ray etc.). There appears to be no other transfer from analogue to digital, whether before nor after. So for the time being, the so-called "Studio Master" download is as close as it gets. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  11. Some stuff never ceases to amaze me… So this is from the Kleiber box-set? Another case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing… Quickly checked the separate "Pure Audio" Blu-ray content of the Beethoven (I'm assuming you're referring to the Beethoven 5 & 7 only), as well as the Quobuz download. No out-of-band (DSD modulation) noise on either (i.e. a genuine PCM transfer as indicated earlier, in this thread or elsewhere). I actually compared the sound of these two releases (all of them except the one you're pointing out now), and remember preferring the download (which is what I've been listening to since). Note one needs to adjust the volume for a fair comparison, as the Blu-ray content is noticeably louder. The fact that the "Pure Audio" Blu-ray release is level-adjusted to 0 dB and the download isn't makes me think that the latter is closest to the source - and it represents the best-sounding release of all (including, of course, the SACDs and the e-Onkyo conversion thereof). That is assuming the download has remained the same all these years and not been "updated". Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  12. acousticsguru

    High-Resolution Downloads to die for…

    The piano solo recording of the original Mussorgsky score by Byron Janis is what my review/post here was referring to. Antal Doráti's recording of Ravel's orchestration of Mussorgsky's piano score was originally on a different Mercury LP. The combination of both albums in one download is due to the fact that both fit onto a single CD and later the SACD. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  13. acousticsguru

    High-Resolution Downloads to die for…

    There is no orchestration to the Janis recording: it's a recording of the original piano solo score! (Having said that, I don't find the Doráti "filler" on that SACD or the PCM conversions available as downloads anywhere near bad - but yes, it's an analogue recording with audible tape hiss.) If you're looking for a great recording of the Ravel orchestration, I'd suggest Ormandy (the 2006 DSD-remastered CD sounds best), Reiner (the Analogue Productions SACD or DSD download sound best), the slightly unusual but fun and "larger-than-life" recorded Leibowitz (the Analogue Productions SACD or DSD download sound best) and the Ansermet (the Esoteric SACD sounds best). Greetings from Switzerland, David.
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    High-Resolution Downloads to die for…

    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Versions for piano & for orchestra) Greetings from Switzerland, David.
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    Mark Levinson Master Class released

    I asked politely and got a money-back guarantee, as did audiophile acquaintances of mine. Only that no one I know returned the dongle - been using Masterclass exclusively since then, way superior in SQ to the other media players I've used before (all the Mac-compatible ones up to and including Amarra). Greetings from Switzerland, David.
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