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Even the UK distributor for HM does seem to know the answer to this, but where can I buy and download Harmonia Mundi 24bit ? HM is my favourite independent music label and I can't wait get Herreweghe's Bach in 24bit. (And a huge stack of other baroque and early music recordings).

 

Thankfully I can get BIS recordings from eclassical. Right now I think its the best of the hires sites for choice and quality. BIS record some of my favourite artists too so I'm relatively happy.

 

HDtracks have a very few of their discs. I was emailing LSO live label manager attempting to persuade him to talk to eclassical or hdtracks. Hopefully something will come of it soon.

 

 

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working on any (for HDTracks). OR, you could buy the SACD and play it through an SACD player, using my proposed HDMI de-embedder solution into your DAC. That way you get either 24/88 or 24/176 (depending on the DSD-to-PCM decoder of the player) 2 channel, and if the disc came with surround you get that as a bonus (spinning disc only, no way to rip). The Bach Herreweghe Christmas Cantatas has a multichannel layer, as do the majority of HM SACD's..

 

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I concur about BIS at eClassical, outstanding sound an a very good catalog on BIS “studio Masters”.

Regarding Harmonia Mundi you can buy some of them (limited catalog so far) at Qobuz (French). 24bit 44.1kHz, the real sample rate they are recorded.

The ones you can get at HDTracks or at iTrax are DSD conversions (from SACDs). That is PCM to DSD and then DSD to PCM getting “fake” 88.2 and 96kHz.

Hope it helps :)

 

 

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Harmonia Mundi are PCM native recordings (24-44.1) converted to DSD for SACD releases. iTrax and HDtracks are converting again DSD to PCM.

Qobuz releases are native PCM 24-44.1 (no conversion).

 

 

 

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Part of what you are saying is true and the rest might be confusing to those reading the post. Yes, the only way to get from DSD to Hirez PCM is to do a DSD to PCM conversion; however, the Harmonia Mundi recordings available in Hirez on HDTracks are native DSD. There is no upsampling involved.

 

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1) HDtracks does not offer "native DSD" downloads, they offer PCM downloads, and in the case of SACD rips, they are DSD to PCM downconverts. In many cases very good, especially if the source recording was DSD.

2) HM records in PCM (we know that) and we are pretty sure it's 24/44.1k. Regardless of sample rate, a PCM to DSD to PCM offering is clearly inferior (or less valuable) to the original PCM native offering.

 

 

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Hello again,

There aren't a lot of Harmonia Mundi HiRez downloads on HDTracks, but I can say with a certain amount authority that the downloads offered are native DSD. Future offerings (coming soon)will also be native DSD or 88.2. Not sure about the source of the confusion above.

 

Brad Michel

Harmonia Mundi USA

 

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DSD! They are none! Your HM tracks are offered as either redbook (aka 16/44.1) or 24/88.2k PCM. If you are trying to say that the SOURCE of these 24/88 downloads are native DSD then that is another thing, and worth pursuing...but most reports are that HM records in PCM.

 

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I told Brad (the main recording and mastering engineer for Harmonia Mundi) that I have never posted to a forum because it's a "no win", but here I go for (hopefully) my 1 and only time:

 

If ted_b had bothered to look to see who Brad Michel is (which can be done on any (non-French) HM release in recent years), he'd see that he is the one actual source of information related to HM recordings as he, well, made them...Oh, and won 1 or 2 Grammy's for his work if I remember correctly.

 

I have had the great priviledge to help him on several occasions, and he's a truly humble expert in his field, and really cares about, not only the musical integrity of each release, but also about the sonic results as well. Living close to our store, I've been lucky enough to get to hear just how good his work can sound when close to the master.

 

But I must comment again on ted_b's brave ignorance on these matters, which does the world a disservice. He boldly claims that "HM records in PCM (we know that)". Well, factually he's wrong, and again we should be reminded that the forums are frequently as much responsible for misinformation as for informing a better world. To also compound the problem through his misunderstanding of the term "native", and to do so with exclamation marks following various remarks is insulting to those who actually make their livelyhood in the business. Native refers to the origin. For Brad (and others in the field), the native format is the original format of the recording and/ or master. Of course you download a PCM file from HD Tracks- we all know this. He was kind enough to try and set the record straight for you and others that, although the download is PCM, the native format is DSD (even though ted_b "knows" that it is not).

 

Just goes to show you that 1100 posts does not an expert make. It's why most experts stay off the forums.

 

Al

 

 

 

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I was just trying to get everyone on the same page, and had no idea who Brad or anyone was. When someone says "the HDtracks downloads are native DSD" I took it as written, and responded..i.e there are definitely services being established that download native DSD diff files(Blue Coast, 2L, etc). HDtracks is not yet one of them. So I remarked about it. Secondly, I didn't establish the statement that HM records in 24/44 I simply reiterated it (a debate that has included Mark Waldrep, etc...it's not the first time this 24/44 or less-than-DSD has been brought up!!!). Brad should have simply said who he was, and something like, "ah no, I recorded them, they are DSD!" and this semantic internet confusion would have been cleared up long long ago.

 

So...sorry for the confusion. But I would ask that experts indeed show themselves and PLEASE speak up. It would make this hobby a lot easier.

 

The newly revealed facts: HM records their stuff in native DSD, and the HDtracks 24/88 downloads are therefore a clean simple DSD-PCM downconvert, and likely the best PCM approximation of HM out there, short of dff files.

 

By the way Al, my 1100 posts should have nothing to do with this obvious miscommunication on all sides; my reputation is not for hyperbole or inaccurate "brave ignorance". I wouldn't have lasted this long. :)

 

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Brad Michel writes:

 

Future offerings (coming soon)....

 

Wondering whether we might hope to see some Jordi Savall pieces?

 

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Sooooo....given the discussion here, it seems we can safely assume that Harmonia Mundi's 24/88.2 files on HDtracks (what few there are) are sourced from "native" DSD recordings. But what about HM's "Studio Masters" files on Qobuz? I haven't looked at all of them, but the ones I've checked are all 24/44.1. Can we assume that this is the "native" bit depth/sampling rate for those recordings? (I'd hate to think that they've been downconverted from DSD to such a low sampling rate.)

 

Russell

 

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This is an HM download I purchased from HDTracks. Despite "professionals" say it is not native DSD converted to 88.2. Original source of the SACD was 44.1. So HDTracks = wrong, Qobuz = right

 

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Wondering whether we might hope to see some Jordi Savall pieces?

 

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Jordi Savall has made not one but many of my favorite recordings, the man is a treasure to art. Please folks, if Harmonia Mundi France still distributes Alia Vox and earlier Savall work, work to make them available for hi-resolution download. If you haven't heard some of his music, you are missing a major force in classical music.

 

And Harmonia Mundi around the world is a priceless source of music. I have dozens of their CDs and SACDs, and have *never* heard an HM release without great recording quality.

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Jordi Savall has made not one but many of my favorite recordings, the man is a treasure to art. Please folks, if Harmonia Mundi France still distributes Alia Vox and earlier Savall work, work to make them available for hi-resolution download.

 

I too much admire Jordi Savall. Many of his recordings are available in high-res from Qobuz in PCM. I don't know if this is native PCM or converted from DSD as I buy SACDs rather than downloads to get the usually very intereting liner notes on paper.

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