Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Hi Res Music

I just purchased a few more albums from HD Tracks, so in total I now have seven HD albums;

  1. REM - Out of Time 96/24
  2. Nirvana - Nevermind 96/24
  3. Janos Starker - Cello Suites 176/24
  4. Janos Starker - Cello Concertos 176/24
  5. Holst - Planets Chesky 96/24
  6. Diana Krall - Quiet Nights 96/24
  7. Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner 96/24

What I really wanted to try out are the higher resolution of 176 (which is 4 times 44.1 or CD format) files. At the moment, my DAC tops out at 96 kHz, so some software downsampling will be required, I will get them to play at 88.2 kHz. The next step is now to look for a DAC that can play these files, it seems, up to 176/192 kHz.

The short list so far;

  1. Metrum Octave (can't do 192)
  2. Violectric V800
  3. Mytek DSD-DAC Preamp (can also do DSD)
  4. Bel Cano DAC3.5VB
  5. Weiss DAC202
  6. Weiss DAC2
  7. Musical Fidelity M1 DAC
  8. Aqvox USB-DAC
  9. Junilabs Jundac Two
  10. Anedio D2

The option exists for a dedicated computer to DAC interface and a separate headphone amp.

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