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Great! Will be looking forward to info from others, and will probably add a few reviews myself.

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Hello there

 

Thanks Chris for all the hard work. Have had a quick look at the moment and it looks good and very easy on the eye. Like the way you have added cover art and the video. Can see this being a great resources.

 

One problem, it makes me want to go out a buy a Kind of Blue. God help my wallet. :)

 

 

Cheers Frank

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Too smart! Nicely ahead of the curve here Chris.

Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not." — Nelson Pass

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Thank you, Chris

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I have been thirsting for reviews of hi-rez music downloads and I've got high hopes for the new CA music reviews. Thanks for providing this information exchange forum. Great work, Chris.

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Chris - would you consider adding a field/rating for the metadata supplied with the download? You can't improve what you can't measure! Maybe there's some small influence we can have in this department.

 

I've seen you comment on it in the past, and it drives me nuts also.

 

The worst example I've experienced is Starker's Bach Cello Sonatas from Mercury. The tracks - about 40 for this album - were completely out of order and it shows up as 2 albums. To HD Tracks credit, they gave me a refund when I complained and I appreciate they don't supply the metadata. I've also downloaded music directly from labels that didn't come with cover art. Nonesuch is my prime offender in this category. I love their selection of music, the recording quality is generally fantastic, and their CD quality FLAC pricing is very good. Though, I haven't seen any high res downloads from them yet.

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Chris - would you consider adding a field/rating for the metadata supplied with the download? You can't improve what you can't measure! Maybe there's some small influence we can have in this department.

 

I've seen you comment on it in the past, and it drives me nuts also.

 

The worst example I've experienced is Starker's Bach Cello Sonatas from Mercury. The tracks - about 40 for this album - were completely out of order and it shows up as 2 albums. To HD Tracks credit, they gave me a refund when I complained and I appreciate they don't supply the metadata. I've also downloaded music directly from labels that didn't come with cover art. Nonesuch is my prime offender in this category. I love their selection of music, the recording quality is generally fantastic, and their CD quality FLAC pricing is very good. Though, I haven't seen any high res downloads from them yet.

Hi Matt - I like the idea but can't figure out the practicality of implementing it. A check box for good metadata, a check box for some metadata, a check box for no metadata, etc... Some will have all metadata but it will have a couple wrong items, etc...

 

Also, the fields are more for searchability than anything. Items like sample rate are easy to search for but the metadata one would be a bit weird. I think the best route to go for metadata is to comment about it in the review, maybe make it an item on the Pros/Cons list.

 

We will have an influence on all this stuff. I guarantee it. People are already taking notice :~)

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Chris - some quick feedback.

 

Today when posting a review I previewed the review before publishing it. I noticed that none of the "Details" - engineering etc, were shown on the preview page although I had filled them out. I published the review and mysteriously all of the details info that I filed out were not shown. After going back and editing the review and filling them out again, they did appear after I clicked the edit review button at the bottom. Odd.

 

George D. III

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Chris - some quick feedback.

 

Today when posting a review I previewed the review before publishing it. I noticed that none of the "Details" - engineering etc, were shown on the preview page although I had filled them out. I published the review and mysteriously all of the details info that I filed out were not shown. After going back and editing the review and filling them out again, they did appear after I clicked the edit review button at the bottom. Odd.

 

George D. III

Thanks George!

 

I have a list of issues like this so I can work with the developer to fix them.

Founder of Audiophile Style

UPDATED: My Audio Systems -> https://audiophile.style/system

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