High-Resolution Music Vendors Selling CD-Quality Files at High-Resolution Prices

I’ve been hearing that a number of people have been investigating issues about high-resolution music vendors selling standard CD-quality files and claiming they are high-resolution. Archimago looks at the new Bob Dylan album, allegedly high-resolution from one vendor, but actually just a CD rip.

It’s not clear whether this is intentional – vendors passing of sub-standard files as high-resolution – or whether it’s the fault of distributors who are supplying files they claim are high-resolution.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, from what I’m hearing. I hope to be able to report more soon about what seems like a vast swindle where lots of supposed high-resolution files are not what they seem to be.

4 thoughts on “High-Resolution Music Vendors Selling CD-Quality Files at High-Resolution Prices

  1. At least when I buy a CD, I now what I’m getting. I can read reviews on sound quality, or learn who the mastering engineer was.

  2. At least when I buy a CD, I now what I’m getting. I can read reviews on sound quality, or learn who the mastering engineer was.

  3. Hello again Kirk. I haven’t and won’t touch the so called Hi Res stuff. I think it’s all ‘snake oil’. It costs too much and I can’t tell any difference when I listen on my or others audio set up. Plus, it takes incredible space on a computer, even with a large SDD as I have.

    Now to the Brahms issue you mentioned in a recent post. Naturally, everyone has likes and dislikes in music but, dare I say it, Brahms is special! His music, especially his Piano Concertos aren’t every day listening. They are for time when your dried out and need a feast of best food and wines, not a snack or take away. I’ve any number of these concertos but recommend Nicholas Angerlich/Paavo Jarvi/Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra and/or Nelson Freire/Riccardo Chailly/Gewandhausorchester. Another is Maurizio Pollini/Christian Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden. All these are good. I haven’t bothered with the Richter discs so can’t comment directly on them.

    I also alerted you a little while ago to Michael Korstick playing Schubert Piano Sonatas D. 959,664,960 and the six moments musicaux, which I found to be a very rewarding disc.

    Just sharing my thoughts with you and your readers.

  4. Hello again Kirk. I haven’t and won’t touch the so called Hi Res stuff. I think it’s all ‘snake oil’. It costs too much and I can’t tell any difference when I listen on my or others audio set up. Plus, it takes incredible space on a computer, even with a large SDD as I have.

    Now to the Brahms issue you mentioned in a recent post. Naturally, everyone has likes and dislikes in music but, dare I say it, Brahms is special! His music, especially his Piano Concertos aren’t every day listening. They are for time when your dried out and need a feast of best food and wines, not a snack or take away. I’ve any number of these concertos but recommend Nicholas Angerlich/Paavo Jarvi/Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra and/or Nelson Freire/Riccardo Chailly/Gewandhausorchester. Another is Maurizio Pollini/Christian Thielemann/Staatskapelle Dresden. All these are good. I haven’t bothered with the Richter discs so can’t comment directly on them.

    I also alerted you a little while ago to Michael Korstick playing Schubert Piano Sonatas D. 959,664,960 and the six moments musicaux, which I found to be a very rewarding disc.

    Just sharing my thoughts with you and your readers.

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