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Offline James Edward

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Hi-Rez Thoughts by J. Valin
« on: May 19, 2017, 05:27:30 PM »
I have been to many audio shows- RMAF, NY, and demonstrations at dealers and people's homes.
I agree with Valin's findings, but he states it far more eloquently than I ever could. Forget the analog/vinyl part of the equation- I agree with him where he says that he prefers cd sound to that of hi-rez files.
Convenience factor aside, for me, cd sounds more natural than hi-Rez files.
Here is the editorial; as you can see from the comments, this is not a popular position...
http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/the-emperors-new-server/

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Re: Hi-Rez Thoughts by J. Valin
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2017, 07:54:12 AM »
I've had the opposite experience.  I find the HiRez files for many labels sound far superior to the CD equivalent. 

The DAC being used for replay from the Music Server has an impact and I find that linear phase filters used by many sound digital.  Trying filters that are not linear phase make a big step in sounding better for digital replay. 

I built a DIY DAC using the AKM AK4490EQ DAC and Async USB interface which has reconstruction filters that are not linear phase.  It was in the DIY room at CAF2016 and driven by a Linux based music server, sounded very good and played HiRez files.  Had lots of comments on very good sound quality for HiRez replay files and CD files. 

When you can find identical CD and HiRez files from the same master recording, in playback the HiRez has always sounded superior. 

The entire vinyl vs digital write-up has to many differences in mastering requirements to be a comparison.  You may have a preference, but they are not identical to start.
 

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Re: Hi-Rez Thoughts by J. Valin
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2017, 12:05:28 PM »
My impressions are based only on anecdotal evidence, nothing more. I didn't mean to infer that what I like is correct, it's just been my preference.
There are many iterations of file playback I guess... It's just that my experience at shows has been to prefer the sound of cd playback via a good quality player.
Next show for me is T.H.E. Anaheim- I'll continue to listen, and see what happens...

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Re: Hi-Rez Thoughts by J. Valin
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2017, 02:11:08 PM »
My impressions are based only on anecdotal evidence, nothing more. I didn't mean to infer that what I like is correct, it's just been my preference.
There are many iterations of file playback I guess... It's just that my experience at shows has been to prefer the sound of cd playback via a good quality player.
Next show for me is T.H.E. Anaheim- I'll continue to listen, and see what happens...

I can understand it James. If the manufacturer designs a component/system around redbook, hi rez may not be perceived as inferior.

Conversely, if a manufacturer designs a component/system around hi rez, redbook may be perceived as inferior.

Things have gotten so complicated that it can be difficult when starting or upgrading a system.

Cheers and all the best James.
Steve
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