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There is a sale on Dylan albums at Pono. Many 24/96 albums are $13.99 and redbook versions are $10.99.

 

What's the quality and provenance of the HD versions? I have the mono redbook version and wonder if anyone has made comparisons. I assume the HD versions are stereo, but I wonder which stereo versions.

 

Thanks.

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Dylan Lovers: the mono box on CD sounds fantastic, if you want his older albums.

Also the DSD versions at Acoustic Sounds are also very good.

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)+Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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The price for the 'Shadows In the Night' 24/44.1 version on the UK HD Tracks site is 17 pounds. The price for the CD on Amazon UK is 9.99 pounds with free UK delivery and an MP3 autorip included. The vinyl album, which includes both a CD and an MP3 autorip costs 20.99 pounds at Amazon, and I've seen it cheaper on other sites (17 pounds or so, the same as the download).

 

So the download costs 170% of the price of the CD, is incorrectly labeled, has no equivalent of liner notes, and has no resale value once you've bought it. What must the record labels be thinking? I am not short of money to spend on buying music, but I am simply not going to bother with Hi Res downloads until the record labels start offering better value. I don't know if Pono or HD Tracks can do anything about this.

System (i): Stack Audio Link > 2Qute+MCRU psu; Gyrodec/SME V/Ortofon 2M Black/EAT E-Glo Petit/Magnum Dynalab FT101A) > Glow Amp One > Klipsch RP-600M/REL T5x subs

System (ii): Allo USB Signature > Bel Canto uLink+AQVOX psu > Chord Hugo > Tandy LX5/REL Tzero v3 subs

System (iii) KEF LS50W/KEF R400b subs

 

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Try UK Qobuz? Price of the CD quality download is £10.29; the 24 bit download is £13.39. Seems reasonable to me, except for the lack of sleeve notes, which I agree is shameful on the part of the record companies. But for most classical downloads it's very good.

 

Thanks. I've just had a look there and unfortunately it seems you can't use Qobuz yet from Spain where I live.

System (i): Stack Audio Link > 2Qute+MCRU psu; Gyrodec/SME V/Ortofon 2M Black/EAT E-Glo Petit/Magnum Dynalab FT101A) > Glow Amp One > Klipsch RP-600M/REL T5x subs

System (ii): Allo USB Signature > Bel Canto uLink+AQVOX psu > Chord Hugo > Tandy LX5/REL Tzero v3 subs

System (iii) KEF LS50W/KEF R400b subs

 

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Dylan Lovers: the mono box on CD sounds fantastic, if you want his older albums.

Also the DSD versions at Acoustic Sounds are also very good.

 

What are the ones at Acoustic Sounds? Stereo or mono or a mixture on the same album(s)? And isn't the DSD converted from the PCM? I seem to remember this being the case, but can't check as their site is down at present.

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What are the ones at Acoustic Sounds? Stereo or mono or a mixture on the same album(s)? And isn't the DSD converted from the PCM? I seem to remember this being the case, but can't check as their site is down at present.

 

I don't know about all the DSDs, but the SACDs are mostly well regarded. I seem to remember that the DSD downloads are prepared from the Sony SACD masters. When the AS sight is back up you might be able to see the source. Generally if it is tape they will say so.

 

Again, the mono box is a good deal, and the mono CD remasters sound really good.

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)+Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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I don't know about all the DSDs, but the SACDs are mostly well regarded. I seem to remember that the DSD downloads are prepared from the Sony SACD masters. When the AS sight is back up you might be able to see the source. Generally if it is tape they will say so.

 

Again, the mono box is a good deal, and the mono CD remasters sound really good.

 

Yeah. I have the mono box and love it. Looking for stereo and albums not in that box in hi-rez.

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