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Artist | HDtracks - The World's Greatest-Sounding Music Downloads I was under the impression that some of these recordings (especially those released on SACD) were 24/96 original recordings. Can anyone tell me if I am dreaming this up? I would certainly jump for some later Rattle/BPO recordings (i.e. his Bruckner 9th, which I do believe to be 24/96) were the studio master downloads available.
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Ok - I know that this subject has been covered in many ways in different posts on this forum, but as much as I search, I cannot find the answers that work for me. Let me give you some background to my system: I have an audio system in my office with my main computer, and I have a 3 TB music library, much of which is 24/96 quality files using an IMac and itunes. I use a SET amplifier connected to my computer via usb into a JKenny 24DAC, and I have an external hard drive using firewire to connect to the computer. Now, I have two other stereos in the house - one using a rehabbed Fisher 400 tube receiver and the other using a rehabbed Eico HF-81 tube amp. I am trying to get the music from my office to these systems. Right now, I am using Apple TV into DACs on both of my systems, and the result is pretty good, but from what I understand I am not getting the best quality possible - I use Air Foil rather than the Apple TV interface so I can utilize Amarra. I just got some MOCA receivers that will use FIOS internet to hard wire my Apple TVs, and this may be the best I am going to do - avoiding drop outs and using an IPAD to control songs. But...could I do all of that and get full quality 24 bit music? Solution 1 - Are there other streamers I can hard wire to my network and get better results than the Apple TV without spending a ton of money (also, I would like to continue using I-Tunes, since all of my music is already in ALAC, and I like Amarra). Solution 2 - I could use an old Mac Book to access home sharing and go out from my mac book (with Amarra on it) to the DAC in each system - if this can access 24 bit music, maybe this is easier and cheaper since I can just move my laptop from one system to the other? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
I am currently listening to music at home using this set-up: My iTunes library ( Win 7 64bit ) of 758 CDs converted to Apple Lossless music files is in my home office, and it is routed/connected to an Apple TV 3 in the living room through an Ethernet cable. The Apple TV 3 is connected to a DAC Moon 100D through an optical cable The DAC is connected to an integrated amplifier Cambridge Audio Azur 815A which outputs the analogical sound to the speakers. I want to have best possible sound quality, but as far as I understand I have some limitations on this set-up: 1) Apple TV outputs everything at 16 bit/48 kHz (not bit perfect and not 'CD quality' 16 bit/ 44.1 kHz). So, even if I have higher quality music files being served from iTunes, it will be down sampled to 16 bit/48 kHz. 2) ITunes does NOT support 24bit recording and all Apple Lossless music files are automatically converted back to 16-Bit by iTunes So here are my questions: Can I play 24bit music files using iTunes directly from the PC to the DAC ( NOT using Apple TV) ? If yes, which formats? Any suggestions to improve my set-up output quality? Thanks in advance.