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Through GooglePlay Music All Access, i've been exposed to hundreds and hundreds of hours of LSO recordings at 320kbps, which is simply wonderful. As I get more into high-res music, I see the recordings are released on SACD. However, the downloads on their site are only iTunes lossy AAC (!!). Where does one get non-lossy versions of the SACDs for download?

 

I saw Society of Sound has downloads with subscriptions, but it's random and you don't get to choose what you want. HDTracks has some, but most of the LSO Live series isn't there.

 

Or should I just buy the redbook CDs and leave SACD for the golden ears that can hear the difference between red and green cables?

 

-mike

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Through GooglePlay Music All Access, i've been exposed to hundreds and hundreds of hours of LSO recordings at 320kbps, which is simply wonderful. As I get more into high-res music, I see the recordings are released on SACD. However, the downloads on their site are only iTunes lossy AAC (!!). Where does one get non-lossy versions of the SACDs for download?

 

I saw Society of Sound has downloads with subscriptions, but it's random and you don't get to choose what you want. HDTracks has some, but most of the LSO Live series isn't there.

 

Or should I just buy the redbook CDs and leave SACD for the golden ears that can hear the difference between red and green cables?

 

-mike

 

Some should be available via the site linked below.

 

The Classical Shop

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Through GooglePlay Music All Access, i've been exposed to hundreds and hundreds of hours of LSO recordings at 320kbps, which is simply wonderful. As I get more into high-res music, I see the recordings are released on SACD. However, the downloads on their site are only iTunes lossy AAC (!!). Where does one get non-lossy versions of the SACDs for download?

 

I saw Society of Sound has downloads with subscriptions, but it's random and you don't get to choose what you want. HDTracks has some, but most of the LSO Live series isn't there.

 

Or should I just buy the redbook CDs and leave SACD for the golden ears that can hear the difference between red and green cables?

 

-mike

 

FYI, the orchestra's label - LSO Live - will be releasing their DSD recordings as Multichannel and Stereo DSD Downloads on the NativeDSD.Com web site in the near future. Something to watch for !

 

dsd

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Qobuz has quite a bit, but is not yet available in the US to my knowledge. I have heard rumors about Qobuz wanting to enter the US market, but I'm not sure if this was only for the lossless streaming service or also for highres downloads.

 

lso dans les albums à télécharger en qualité CD (Lossless), Studio Masters – Filtré par LSO Live

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I notice that HDTracks does have a few of the LSO Live albums available. I am assuming that the OP was referring to the LSO Live series.

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So far as I can see, LSO is largely just available in redbook. As you say, there are a few titles avaialable in high res.

 

I don't think it's a bad idea to communicate your interest directly to LSO.

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Hyperion Records has recently started selling hi-res LSO Live downloads:

 

LSO Live - Hyperion Records - CDs, MP3 and Lossless downloads

 

Their prices are much better than The Classical Shop's, I might add (not to mention MUCH faster download speeds).

 

There's also a very small handful available at ProStudioMasters.

 

Russell

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Hyperion Records has recently started selling hi-res LSO Live downloads:

 

LSO Live - Hyperion Records - CDs, MP3 and Lossless downloads

 

Their prices are much better than The Classical Shop's, I might add (not to mention MUCH faster download speeds).

 

Russell

Thanks!!! I'm an occasional visitor to the hyperion website, but had totally missed this. Also offers the Mahler symphonies 1-9 by Gergiev. Looking forward to that.

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Qobuz has quite a bit, but is not yet available in the US to my knowledge. I have heard rumors about Qobuz wanting to enter the US market, but I'm not sure if this was only for the lossless streaming service or also for highres downloads.

 

lso dans les albums à télécharger en qualité CD (Lossless), Studio Masters*– Filtré par LSO Live

 

Qobuz subscription keeps getting better and better.

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