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Initial post: Apr 29, 2014 10:43:07 AM PDT
Xanthene says:
Does anyone know if the high resolution audio files will be available to purchase and download?

I find it odd how Neil stresses the importance of the quality of the recording but then only makes the high resolution files available in a $100+ box set.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2014 4:28:24 PM PDT
Lino F. says:
You don't need the high resolution file for this album.

Posted on May 31, 2014 9:56:33 AM PDT
cundare says:
High-res files can certainly be useful. A color photo of a black-and-white object is not the same thing as a black-and-white photo of the object. It's been my experience that good reproduction of even compromised sources still sounds better than bad reproduction of those same sources. (Who remembers the old LP-era Valley Girl comment: "I don't want to have a good-sounding stereo because then I'll be able to hear how bad my recordings are!") Despite the fact that the recording eqpt here compromises parameters like frequency response, an old-fashioned, direct, single-miked recording can sound spectacularly realistic in ways that modern multi-track compressed remixed material can't. Think of the old Robert Johnson recording -- just a guy with a guitar sitting in front of one microphone. Played over a good sound system, Johnson assumes an eerie presence in the room that the latest Beyonce & Coldplay recordings can't match.<P>
So, yes, if you have a system good enough to reproduce high-res recordings well -- or if you have a system that is especially bad at reproducing "CD quality" 44.1K files (as do most), then a higher-res format certainly might be worth the investment.<P>
Caveat: I haven't heard these hirez files, so it's always possible that they may be compromised. (Yes, not all 192/24's are created equal!) But for now, given NY's ostensible knowledge of recording technology, I'd be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. And if you're listening over an iPhone with the little bundled earbuds, and by means of an iTunes configured to downsample hirez files without your knowledge, then I agree that hirez probably won't make a difference. But even over a pair of Beats phones (other than the Solo model), you may be able to hear a difference.<P>
My 2c.
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