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Neil Young's Hitchhiker in 24/384

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I just purchased Neil Young's Hitchhiker from Qobuz. If you buy the HD version, you get a choice of several formats and resolutions including 24/384. They also offer 24/192, I assume since a lot of DACs won't handle the higher sampling frequency.

 

Just thought it was interesting to see a high-profile commercial release in super-high resolution. Fairly priced at €15,99 as  well.

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Thanks - does it sound better under a full moon?


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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So this 1970's recording is 384/24?  What do you think that gets you that 96/24 would miss?

 

For the price I suppose there is no reason to complain, but why waste all those samples?


To paraphrase Rick James, "sighted listening is a helluva drug".

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I'd buy the lower res hi res and upsample  to 384 if I thought super hires sounded better on my system.


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Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>CAPS IV Pipeline Server + Sonore 12V PS>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.
 

Secondary Listening: CAPS Pipeline>IFi iOne DAC>Schiit Freya>Kii Three . Also an SBT and a RB Pi 3B+ running piCorePlayer as an SBT emulator. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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14 hours ago, SJK said:

I bought the LP version, as I have every Neil Young release on LP.

Given the total number of the releases in his catalog, that's impressive. I also have everything on CD, with some additional Hi Rez versions.

 

Do you have both Arc and Weld?

 

JC

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On 9/8/2017 at 9:00 AM, Patrick Cleasby said:

I got it down for interest but FLAC, AIFF and WAV downloaded from the 384 option are all actually 192.

 

So I think it's a mistake. I shall ask for my 10.99 back!

I tried to download the 384 version as well and got the same as you.  I emailed them earlier to find out what is going on.  In my experience with Qobuz they are pretty good so I will await their response.


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It is available from Tidal as a MASTER product but I don't know what they are streaming.

 

I don't know if Tidal has all of them, BUT I counted 62 different albums ... with numerous variations of many included. 

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On 9/9/2017 at 12:34 AM, TubeLover said:

Given the total number of the releases in his catalog, that's impressive. I also have everything on CD, with some additional Hi Rez versions.

 

Do you have both Arc and Weld?

 

JC

Sorry about the delay in responding.  I have Weld.  My understanding is that Arc was only released on CD, never on LP. 

 

There's more information here on a recent reddit post - before I deleted my account.  Since that post I now have Eldorado - only missing Lucky 13.

 

 

 

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How good is Hitchhiker?

 

FWIW, I just ordered a bunch of CDs from his back catalog, as the meagre 28 albums I have is not adequate


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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FWIW, both HD Tracks and Acoustic Sounds have Hitchhiker available in 24/96 and 24/192.


"Relax, it's only hi-fi. There's never been a hi-fi emergency." - Roy Hall

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted"- William Bruce Cameron

 

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4 hours ago, Allan F said:

FWIW, both HD Tracks and Acoustic Sounds have Hitchhiker available in 24/96 and 24/192.

I have it on LP. It's an interesting and somewhat introspective album, with acoustic versions of what becomes Rust Never Sleeps. 

 

What I find remarkable is how Neil Young moves from acoustic to an electrical version, depending on who knows what. 

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6 hours ago, mjb said:

Hitchhiker is 33 minutes long, and HDtracks wants 23.5 euros... that 70 cents a minute! O.o

 

The prices for most HiRes albums at HDtracks are in general far away from being competitive in Europe since a view weeks, even with the usual 15% discount. Cheapest vendor for Hitchhiker in Europe is currently 7digital.com, until it is, hopefully  soon, available here: https://neilyoung.warnerbrosrecords.com/music-2/hd-digital.html

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