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    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 15th Apr 18, 5:26 PM
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    Where to buy CD-quality tracks?
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    • 15th Apr 18, 5:26 PM
    Where to buy CD-quality tracks? 15th Apr 18 at 5:26 PM
    Having read a load of reviews of audio file types, Im left with the distinct impression that CD-quality tracks are good enough...

    What is not clear is where to obtain CD-quality tracks - pls advise!
    Last edited by coffeehound; 15-04-2018 at 5:30 PM.
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    • emptybox
    • By emptybox 15th Apr 18, 6:28 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 6:28 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 6:28 PM
    I've bought a few albums from Onkyo Music.
    https://www.onkyomusic.com/GB/home

    CD quality would be a 16bit 44.1KHz FLAC

    I haven't tried the MQA format, which I think is a container that gives smaller file sizes for HD audio files, but needs software to decode it.
    I've just downloaded the ones labelled Hi-Res Audio, which can be played almost anywhere that plays FLAC files.

    Of course you could always just buy CDs and rip them as FLACs.
    Last edited by emptybox; 15-04-2018 at 6:33 PM.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 15th Apr 18, 6:50 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 6:50 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 6:50 PM
    Having read a load of reviews of audio file types, Im left with the distinct impression that CD-quality tracks are good enough...

    What is not clear is where to obtain CD-quality tracks - pls advise!
    Originally posted by coffeehound
    https://www.7digital.com/
    • -TangleFoot-
    • By -TangleFoot- 15th Apr 18, 6:54 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 6:54 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 6:54 PM
    Bandcamp?
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 15th Apr 18, 7:44 PM
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    • #5
    • 15th Apr 18, 7:44 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 7:44 PM
    I haven't used them, but:

    http://www.hdtracks.co.uk
    https://www.highresaudio.com/en
    http://www.eclassical.com
    https://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/shop
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 15th Apr 18, 8:13 PM
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    • #6
    • 15th Apr 18, 8:13 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 8:13 PM
    Buy the tracks on a CD?
    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 15th Apr 18, 8:34 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 8:34 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 8:34 PM
    Is your gear good enough quality to do the audio justice?

    Can you actually tell the difference?

    If yes to both, I'd just buy the CDs and rip to FLAC as @agrinnall suggests.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 15th Apr 18, 9:15 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 9:15 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 9:15 PM
    I just buy the CDs and rip them lossless.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. - Mark Twain
    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 16th Apr 18, 7:33 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 7:33 PM
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    • 16th Apr 18, 7:33 PM
    Thanks a lot for the info and suggestions.

    Yes I have a DAC that will plug into my mobile phone and laptop and some decent headphones. Realise I still need to obtain a dedicated music player app for the phone to play higher bit depth files.

    Looking at the prices for HQ music files, the suggestions for ripping albums from the cheaper CD makes sense. I might buy the odd single as a download where the CD route would be too much of a PITA, or where the CD is hard to find.

    Cheers
    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 16th Apr 18, 7:53 PM
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    No such thing as a hard to find CD - check out Discogs
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