Welcome friends. This is a new Circle that discusses all aspects of High Resolution music and recording. What is HiRez? Well, anything digital that is of greater resolution than standard redbook (cd), which is 16 bits and 44.1khz sample rate, aka 16/44. Some of the well known Hirez sources are:
DVD-Video discs that have 24/96 music, playable on all DVD players (ex. Neil Young, Live at Massey Hall).
24/96 downloads via download sites like HDTracks, Linn, etc.
24/176.4 downloads purchasable via DVD-R from HRX, etc.
These discs and/or files can provide a greater sense of "being there", a greater likeness to their analog counterparts (vinyl) and a better overall musical quality than standard redbook (cd). However, they can and have posed huge problems: they are difficult to store (huge files), difficult to play back (proprietary equipment) and difficult to incorporate into today's AV systems. There is a lot of confusion over how to find them, differentiate them, put a value on their sonic advantages, and even play them (DVD-Audio sometimes needs a monitor to navigate, etc). They even come in stereo and multichannel! But they are becoming more and more prevalent, and more and more confusing.
This forum circle will focus on those problems, those benefits and those unique hardware and software requirements to play and enjoy them.
No talk about vinyl, no talk about cd, no talk about tubes vs solid state, or open baffle vs horns....just talk about HiRez software, DACs and players (SACD/DVD-A/Blu-Ray). That's all........
I've been living this area of music for many years, have a huge hiRez library af SACD's, DVD-Audio discs, and HiRez files. I've invested heavily in 5.1 dedicated HiRez music playback, and am on my ninth universal player, along with HiRez-capable DACs. IOW, I have some experience, so it won't be the blind leading the blind....kind of.
Thanks to John and AC for letting us play here in our new Circle. Have fun, no badmouthing, only good vibes here.