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Hoping someone here has already taken the plunge with the new HDTracks WB America collection...

 

Please tell us what you think of this set if you have it and have listened to it.

 

Thank you

 

Big America fan here, part of music that is imprinted in my nature. It's a very fine series in a box, nicely packaged to high sample rates. Will buy, but not from HDtracks.

The 192/24 Homecoming from HDtracks was very good, but does that mean the rest of the set is going to be.

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The set is quite good. Nice DR, not compressed, no clipping. I've enjoyed listening to all the albums again.

 

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America (24_192) (HDTracks)
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR13        -1.43 dB     -15.60 dB     01 Riverside.m4a
DR13        -0.17 dB     -14.70 dB     02 Sandman.m4a
DR11        -1.35 dB     -15.24 dB     03 Three Roses.m4a
DR11        -1.41 dB     -16.06 dB     04 Children.m4a
DR12        -0.41 dB     -14.40 dB     05 A Horse With No Name.m4a
DR11        -1.21 dB     -16.10 dB     06 Here.m4a
DR10        -1.25 dB     -13.69 dB     07 I Need You.m4a
DR11        -1.87 dB     -16.48 dB     08 Rainy Day.m4a
DR10        -1.75 dB     -13.94 dB     09 Never Found The Time.m4a
DR12        -0.08 dB     -16.08 dB     10 Clarice.m4a
DR11        -1.43 dB     -16.60 dB     11 Donkey Jaw.m4a
DR14        -4.92 dB     -23.08 dB     12 Pigeon Song.m4a
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Number of files:    12
Official DR value:    DR12


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Homecoming (24_192) (HDTracks)
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR12        -0.18 dB     -14.80 dB     01 Ventura Highway.m4a
DR12        -1.55 dB     -17.03 dB     02 To Each His Own.m4a
DR12        -1.09 dB     -15.90 dB     03 Don't Cross The River.m4a
DR12        -0.00 dB     -14.87 dB     04 Moon Song.m4a
DR11        -0.61 dB     -14.34 dB     05 Only In Your Heart.m4a
DR13        -0.76 dB     -17.42 dB     06 Till The Sun Comes Up Again.m4a
DR12        -0.48 dB     -15.04 dB     07 Cornwall Blank.m4a
DR11        -1.62 dB     -14.34 dB     08 Head And Heart.m4a
DR13        -0.11 dB     -14.15 dB     09 California Revisited.m4a
DR13        -0.20 dB     -15.76 dB     10 Saturn Nights.m4a
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Number of files:    10
Official DR value:    DR12


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Hat Trick (24_192) (HDTracks)
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR11        -1.54 dB     -16.13 dB     01 Muskrat Love.m4a
DR13        -0.09 dB     -16.53 dB     02 Wind Wave.m4a
DR12        -1.11 dB     -17.30 dB     03 She's Gonna Let You Down.m4a
DR10        -0.92 dB     -14.91 dB     04 Rainbow Song.m4a
DR12        -2.34 dB     -16.89 dB     05 Submarine Ladies.m4a
DR12        -0.59 dB     -16.22 dB     06 It's Life.m4a
DR12        -1.01 dB     -15.97 dB     07 Hat Trick.m4a
DR13        -2.34 dB     -17.46 dB     08 Molten Love.m4a
DR11        -0.84 dB     -14.58 dB     09 Green Monkey.m4a
DR10        -4.65 dB     -18.22 dB     10 Willow Tree Lullaby.m4a
DR12        -2.27 dB     -17.40 dB     11 Goodbye.m4a
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Number of files:    11
Official DR value:    DR12


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Holiday (24_192) (HDTracks)
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR10        -6.41 dB     -19.40 dB     01 Miniature (Instrumental).m4a
DR12        -0.32 dB     -14.66 dB     02 Tin Man.m4a
DR11        -2.73 dB     -17.79 dB     03 Another Try.m4a
DR12        -0.17 dB     -15.41 dB     04 Lonely People.m4a
DR11        -2.01 dB     -16.07 dB     05 Glad To See You.m4a
DR12        -0.69 dB     -15.79 dB     06 Mad Dog.m4a
DR13        -4.09 dB     -19.83 dB     07 Hollywood.m4a
DR12        -1.01 dB     -15.92 dB     08 Baby It's Up To You.m4a
DR11        -1.67 dB     -14.83 dB     09 You.m4a
DR11        -1.56 dB     -15.99 dB     10 Old Man Took.m4a
DR11        -1.22 dB     -17.17 dB     11 What Does It Matter.m4a
DR11        -1.42 dB     -14.89 dB     12 In The Country.m4a
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Number of files:    12
Official DR value:    DR11


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Hearts (24_192) (HDTracks)
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR11        -2.51 dB     -18.53 dB     01 Daisy Jane.m4a
DR12        -0.24 dB     -14.79 dB     02 Half A Man.m4a
DR11        -1.44 dB     -16.93 dB     03 Midnight.m4a
DR11        -1.57 dB     -16.26 dB     04 Bell Tree.m4a
DR11        -1.00 dB     -15.14 dB     05 Old Virginia.m4a
DR13        -0.00 dB     -15.29 dB     06 People In The Valley.m4a
DR12        -1.05 dB     -16.02 dB     07 Company.m4a
DR13        -0.60 dB     -15.20 dB     08 Woman Tonight.m4a
DR12        -1.90 dB     -17.65 dB     09 The Story Of A Teenager.m4a
DR12        -1.34 dB     -16.21 dB     10 Sister Golden Hair.m4a
DR11        -2.53 dB     -17.79 dB     11 Tomorrow.m4a
DR12        -0.15 dB     -15.20 dB     12 Seasons.m4a
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Number of files:    12
Official DR value:    DR12


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Hideaway (24_192) (HDTracks)
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR13        -2.24 dB     -17.72 dB     01 Lovely Night.m4a
DR14        -1.24 dB     -18.93 dB     02 Amber Cascades.m4a
DR13        -0.26 dB     -15.51 dB     03 Don't Let It Get You Down.m4a
DR14        -1.03 dB     -19.70 dB     04 Can't You See.m4a
DR12        -2.15 dB     -18.76 dB     05 Watership Down (Alternate Mix).m4a
DR14        -1.26 dB     -18.13 dB     06 She's Beside You.m4a
DR12        -2.66 dB     -17.61 dB     07 Hideaway, Part I.m4a
DR13        -0.49 dB     -16.61 dB     08 She's A Liar.m4a
DR12        -2.00 dB     -17.22 dB     09 Letter.m4a
DR13        -1.54 dB     -18.45 dB     10 Today's The Day.m4a
DR14        -1.25 dB     -17.70 dB     11 Jet Boy Blue.m4a
DR13        -2.56 dB     -20.14 dB     12 Who Loves You.m4a
DR12        -3.37 dB     -18.41 dB     13 Hideaway, Part II.m4a
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Number of files:    13
Official DR value:    DR13


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Harbor (24_192) (HDTracks)
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DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
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DR12        -1.05 dB     -15.30 dB     01 God Of The Sun.m4a
DR13        -0.10 dB     -15.76 dB     02 Slow Down.m4a
DR10        -1.96 dB     -15.81 dB     03 Don't Cry Baby.m4a
DR11        -0.48 dB     -13.31 dB     04 Now She's Gone.m4a
DR11        -2.07 dB     -16.02 dB     05 Political Poachers.m4a
DR11        -2.93 dB     -17.72 dB     06 Sarah.m4a
DR11        -2.36 dB     -16.61 dB     07 Sergeant Darkness.m4a
DR11        -1.45 dB     -15.10 dB     08 Are You There.m4a
DR11        -1.76 dB     -14.46 dB     09 These Brown Eyes.m4a
DR12        -3.88 dB     -18.73 dB     10 Monster.m4a
DR11        -1.58 dB     -15.44 dB     11 Hurricane.m4a
DR11        -0.25 dB     -13.52 dB     12 Down To The Water.m4a
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Number of files:    12
Official DR value:    DR11


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Thanks for your reply David, much appreciated. I'll check these out myself, as I'm a big fan of their music. I wonder how the debut album sounds compared to the recent Hoffman remaster in SACD? Also curious where someone who posted above thinks they'll be buying this collection in HD if not from HDTracks.

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I listen to America very often, but have not obtained the complete set only on LP now sold long ago, so this collection is tempting. Thanks to David Bostock for publishing the DR figures.

While waiting for Acoustic sounds to offer this release, I thought to find out more from the HDtracks site.

I was mildly entertained and frustrated at how absolutely lame the HDtracks search engine is.

 

1st try type in "America" at the search box at the home page, results:

america try 1.jpg

 

No complete collection here. I see there's a link to America, Horse with no name. Although it's not an album title, will try it, since the track is on their first album, America, so click that, results:

 

2nd try.......there's a link but it doesn't go anywhere...there's no listing, you fool after you told me there's hope....

america try 2.jpg

 

OK, let's try under headings of Artist

america try 3.jpg

 

Good....! Bingo!

america try 4.jpg

 

Here's the page I was looking for from the beginning

america try 5.jpg

 

Note the artist name is spelled America on the last screen shot. Gee it matches what I typed in the first place.

 

I also tried the Warner Brothers label page, bzzzzt, wrong, only Homecoming.

Now I will definitely wait for Acoustic Sounds, or if the one of the Japanese sites has the DSD of this set, then that's the next step.

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  • 6 months later...
I missed something. You're not interested in it because of their search engine?

 

If you are after a particular album and the site turns a blank, then the site is discarded and another searched. In this case Hdtracks failure to deliver within a reasonable amount of tries, then I would wait for alternatives. Hiresaudio also have America and that's where the purchase was made.

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