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    Maximum SQ from a CD? 44.1/16? or ???

    Hello everyone!

    So i know it's absolutely dependent on source quality... And some music seems to lend itself better to a more spacious soundstage (totally digging Miles Davis Kind of Blue at 192/24!).

    What i'm unsure of is - using kind of blue as a reference - is it the album or the 192/24? Since purchased from HDtracks i'm not sure if this was from a CD or DVD audio?

    So if i want to re-rip some CD's and don't mind the extra space of the FLAC vs mp3's - what's the max bitrate i should aim for? And on even a remastered CD is 44.1/16 about the limit?

    Lots of newbie questions! Appreciate the info or pointing me to do more reading (i did search but am obviously missing something).

    Thanks!

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    Re: Maximum SQ from a CD? 44.1/16? or ???

    The audio format of an Audio CD is wav with 44.1 kHz sampling rate and 16 bit resolution per channel. To rip a CD means that you read out that data digitally.


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    Re: Maximum SQ from a CD? 44.1/16? or ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Dat Ei View Post
    The audio format of an Audio CD is wav with 44.1 kHz sampling rate and 16 bit resolution per channel. To rip a CD means that you read out that data digitally.


    Dat Ei
    And if you're ripping a CD, the best you can do is create 44.1/16 digital files. All CDs are redbook 44.1/16. One *can* force an upsampling but this would be silly. It doesn't add any audio content but just makes the file larger. Essentially it adds a bunch of zeros (not exactly the same, but think about whether you want to represent a number as 1.000 vs 1.00000000000. This does nothing but take up more space.

    On the other hand, the files you purchase from HDTracks are likely hi-res files that are not redbook CD files. They are 96/24 or 192/24. (although I assume hdtracks sometimes will sell 44.1/16 files. They should be telling you this at time of purchase.

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    Lightbulb Re: Maximum SQ from a CD? 44.1/16? or ???

    Hi Rob,

    Welcome to the forum!

    I use 'Quobuz', but I did consider 'HD Tracks' (alongside a couple of others) initially.

    This, of my threads, may or may not be of use to you (in case you did not notice it):


    You may be able to glean some information from here ...

    Cheers,

    Paul
    Last edited by monsterjazzlick; 03-07-2018 at 08:07 AM. Reason: LINK

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    Re: Maximum SQ from a CD? 44.1/16? or ???

    Before starting to spend big bucks on HD audio, you should take a sound test to see if you can actually hear the difference. CD audio is already better than what you can theoretically hear, so buying HD audio may be a waste of money if you can't hear the difference.

    Mike

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    Re: Maximum SQ from a CD? 44.1/16? or ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Sargent View Post
    Before starting to spend big bucks on HD audio, you should take a sound test to see if you can actually hear the difference. CD audio is already better than what you can theoretically hear, so buying HD audio may be a waste of money if you can't hear the difference.
    Hi Mike,

    I found the listening experience of hearing Miles Davis in 24-bit/96.00 kHz to be positively astounding!:


    However, the only album I have ever purchased (as a d/l) is Miles's (16-Bit CD quality):


    ... which just sounds like an exact replicate of the original (ie. the non-complete sessions) hard-copy CD version I own.

    Cheers,

    Paul
    Last edited by monsterjazzlick; 03-07-2018 at 11:17 AM. Reason: LINK

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