Downloading 24/96 Audio Files
The CD collection is ripped in 16bit/44.1kHz, the USB audio server is fully configured with foobar2000, and the connected DAC sounds great. What's missing is that little extra oomph of audiophile high-bit candy to get out that last ounce of dynamics and audio information so that you appreciate the advantages of high resolution music or studiomaster tracks. And for all of you who like to listen radio, check out our overview of Online HD Radio Streams.
Tip: If you want to verify the quality of your HighRes Music Download Files we highly recommend MusicScope.
In the following, a selection of download links for
A) free audiophile music samples and high-resolution audio example snippets, and
B) Online Shops, which offer 24 Bit / 96 kHz and more:
A) Free 24/96 Downloads
B) Online shops for Studiomaster and high-res music downloads
- TIP: www.hdtracks.com
Certainly one of the largest stores for Hi-Res Music and Studio Master Download. A special Hi-Res Store, many labels (Warner Music, Blue Note, Atlantic, Verve, Motown and more), many artists and you can choose the file-fomat (WAV, AIFF etc.). All in all: High-Quality Jazz, Classical, Rock, Folk, Blues, Country and World Music downloads in 24bit with 44.1, 48, 88, 96 or 192 kHz.
- TIP: www.promates.com
Among the classic FLAC-format Promates Music Store offers a wide range of albums in the cutting edge "Digital eXtreme Definition" format.
Small but classy download shop for classical music in high resolution
Offers HighRes music in FLAC, DSD and ALAC as well as Vinyl and DVDs.
This is the "Independent Music Specialist" offering a huge range
Bowers & Wilkins is now offering its own high-bit music in excellent quality
Old-fashioned-looking store of the label Cedilla, but very easy to use. Many of the HD music files are available in FLAC 24-bit (Studio Quality).
You love classical music - this is your shop! Sometimes free samples available.
Classic store with lots of hard-to-find rare items and curiosities as Studio Master downloads
Only Danish Music - recordings available as exclusive lossles hi-res files.
A high-quality classical download store with an emphasis on classical music
Classical store. Small but classy, gives you the option to download in different resolutions
Another small, classy store. Some of the musicians blog here, too
Offers excellent labels in many HD file-formats as well as audiobooks.
From classic to pop. Emphasis is an artists from China
Music from ancient reel-to-reel-tapes in high-bit quality (DSD/Flac)
A shop offering digitalized master tapes, i.e. no upsampled tracks
Independent classical label in the UK. Studio Master downloads available
The emphasis is on HD audio. Great selection with option to select the download format
Music downloads with a very alternative product offering, all genres on a subscription basis. Sadly, no Studio Masters
Very good selection of classical music available as FLAC in highresolution.
Small but nice selection
THE shop for classic rock and R&B. Alas, few downloads, but good own-combinations
Technics Tracks Technics Tracks is a very modern store for Highres Audio in 16-bit / 44 kHz up to 24-bit / 192 kHz. Very good idea: "Technics Selections". Unfortunately, currently available only for Germany and the UK.
Warning: Please note - Pirated Copies!
When searching with the usual search engines for "24/96 downloads," you will get a huge number of hits for very attractive and freebie download offers from privately digitalized records or compact cassette rips. There surely is nothing to say against digitalizing your own vinyl collection with an A/D Converter - however, to upload or download these is quite another matter.