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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:56 pm 
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Now that there's a new deal for the catalogue, what are peoples thoughts on high resolution audio downloads? With PONO and other pushing hi res, and other musicians getting behind 96kHz/24bit, 192kHz/24bit, uncompressed, full dynamic range (not loudness crushed) of their catlogue, it would be great to get Frank's music in such form. The last batch of CD's sound great, but I'm sure the early titles could sound better. Maybe?

Curious what the possibilities would be? The analogue years should benefit, but once he went digital, was everything mastered 44kHz/16bit CD standard all the way through, or can more be crunched out of the files?

It would be about the only way they could get me to rebuy the music at this point. I have little interest over the newer vinyl, they're the same as the current Cd's right, or are they using different masters?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 3:39 pm 
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My PONO is waiting. 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:02 am 
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in any case, you don't need audio above 48k. higher samplerate won't add more details, it is only capable to capture higher frequencies, which you don't hear anyway. 24 bit instead of 16 can make some difference, though.


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Careful using the word "only" there. Internal processing can take advantage of the higher frequencies to make the output more accurate. Resolution can go down depending on the type and amount of processing being done.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:10 am 
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Seems like a money hole to me - I cant sit down in a room with all the right equipment to even hear the difference to make it worth it. BUT - that's me. If anyone else can hear a difference - I wish I had your ears and system. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:42 pm 
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I'm not interested in getting into a Can/Can't hear it debate. All I know is that everyone I played hi res music to on my player were impressed with how good it sounded. If it's not your cup of tea, then so be it.

Might not be much difference between the two with a "Road Tapes" release, but I imaging albums like "The Grand Wazoo" would/could benefit from the higher resolution. It allows the music to be released before it was frequency limited for CD and in many cases, vinyl.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:20 am 
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The DVD-A of Halloween sounded great, as well as the 5.1 mix of Apostrophe.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:58 am 
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Get tubes....go vinyl.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:53 am 
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Galoot Co-Log-Nuh wrote:
Get tubes....go vinyl.
Just my opinion.


Have done so. Playing the Pono through the same amp, hi res album (Everybody Knows this is Nowhere) sounds as good, if not better than the vinyl, only with no pops or turn table noise. Both sound better than the CD, and I didn't bother comparing to MP3 because there's no point. :)

Hence my wondering about hi-res Zappa, and if there would be a cut off once he went digital since there would be no sonic benefit. I think he recorded and mastered everything as CD level, right?


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I just wish the speakers in my '99 Jimmy didn't sound like shit, but I still rock out... :smoke:


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