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.
In the following, a selection of download links for
A) free audiophile music samples and high-resolution 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.
- NEW: 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 nice selection
You love classical music - this is your shop! Sometimes free samples available.
A high-quality classical download store with an emphasis on classical music
Only Danish Music - recordings available as exclusive lossles hi-res files.
Very good selection of classical music available as FLAC in highresolution.
Small but classy download shop for classical music in high resolution
From classic to pop. Emphasis is an artists from China
This is the "Independent Music Specialist" offering a huge range
Bowers & Wilkins is now offering its own high-bit music in excellent quality
Music downloads with a very alternative product offering, all genres on a subscription basis. Sadly, no Studio Masters
Classic store with lots of hard-to-find rare items and curiosities as Studio Master downloads
THE shop for classic rock and R&B. Alas, few downloads, but good own-combinations
The emphasis is on HD audio. Great selection with option to select the download format
Independent classical label in the UK. Studio Master downloads available
Music from ancient reel-to-reel-tapes in high-bit quality (DSD/Flac)
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
A shop offering digitalized master tapes, i.e. no upsampled tracks
Simple search engine, searches for HD recordings in various online stores
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.