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Old 02-12-2019, 12:04 AM
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I've never downloaded a song before.

There I said it.

If I hear something I have to have, I purchase the CD. It appears that downloading is the only way to get this music. I listened to a sample and I NEED this music!

I have an i Mac I use for streaming. Do I just download to the desktop? I don't have any sort of nifty software.

Can I burn the music to a disc? My transport will only play Redbook.

Thanks in advance,

- Bob

Looking at the website, you can buy that recording in several formats. They have high resolution PCM and also several flavors of DSD.

In order for you to be able to burn a CD (16/44 resolution) you must first buy and download your preferred higher resolution version and then use software to down-convert it to the CD resolution (PCM 16/44).

Not sure what software you are using for streaming.

Since you are using an iMac keep in mind that iTunes by default only plays at CD resolution. However, you can change that. This article shows you how to do it.

https://www.pooraudiophile.com/2016/...tunes.html/amp

Ideally, to listen to high resolution files, you want a DAC that can play them. I believe that most of today's DACs can do at least PCM 24/96.

Good luck!

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Old 02-12-2019, 07:48 AM
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I've never heard of this label. Thanks for the tip. I'll download the album this weekend. The downside of having state of the art audio gear is that great music or great performances badly recorded become unlistenable. I am guilty of passing over flat, compressed great music on my way to the Chesky, Mapleshade, Decca, Dorian, Telarc albums I have that deliver the goods. I can't help it.

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I'll take a crappy recording over boring crappy music every time.
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The classic... Audiophile recordings are usually great sound with really boring performances. And on the other hand, plenty of really spectacular performances have terrible (or at least just not very good) sound quality.

This past year as I was adjusting my many new bits of gear in my system, and listening to the sound, True I wanted good sounding music playing. Now, after nearly a whole year of that, I am settled.. the system is settled, and I can again just enjoy any music, great sonics, average sonics, poor sonics.. What matters is the quality of the music, the performance... Not the sonic spectacle.
Kind of 'The Ten Ox Herding Pictures" ... but for stereo gear, instead of enlightenment.
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The classic... Audiophile recordings are usually great sound with really boring performances. And on the other hand, plenty of really spectacular performances have terrible (or at least just not very good) sound quality.

This past year as I was adjusting my many new bits of gear in my system, and listening to the sound, True I wanted good sounding music playing. Now, after nearly a whole year of that, I am settled.. the system is settled, and I can again just enjoy any music, great sonics, average sonics, poor sonics.. What matters is the quality of the music, the performance... Not the sonic spectacle.
Kind of 'The Ten Ox Herding Pictures" ... but for stereo gear, instead of enlightenment.
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Audiophile recordings are those you listen to because of the quality of the sound despite the quality of the music. The better the music, the less one attends to the recording.
That's similar to my hearing that musicians use their equipment to listen to music while audiophiles use music to listen to their equipment.
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I've never downloaded a song before.

There I said it.

If I hear something I have to have, I purchase the CD. It appears that downloading is the only way to get this music. I listened to a sample and I NEED this music!


I have an i Mac I use for streaming. Do I just download to the desktop? I don't have any sort of nifty software.

Can I burn the music to a disc? My transport will only play Redbook.

Thanks in advance,

- Bob

I have downloaded ONE song in my life. That is Anne and Nancy Wilson and Jason Bonham, full orchestra and chorus performing Stairway to Heaven at the Kennedy Center Honors Led Zeppelin 2012.

The sound quality of the Apple iTunes download sucks. There's just no other way to put it. I am still looking for a CD/DVD or BluRay quality recording of this performance.

The original video on Youtube has been removed but this link remains after several years. The performance of Stairway starts at 10:00 and is the best ever all time performance of Stairway to Heaven.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3hvvqzna6E
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