I am starting to buy downloads… I just downloaded Paul McCartney’s Venus and Mars… I really love this album. Cost me just under $20 from ProStudioMasters… this Hi Rez 96/24 version was redone by the studio as part of a big package re-release and should represent Hi-Rez done right.
Boy what a disappointment… 20 bucks worth. Sure there is some more detail and it definitely sounds different… but I think it is really just polished dodo. In some respects it kinda sounds worse… at least my CD version blurs the bad recording(?).
I have been an audiophile for almost 40 years… I get Hi Fi … but I am really getting gun-shy spending money on these high dollar downloads. I think if I have a CD that I really like… I am gonna leave it that way… replacing music I love with high-doller Hi- Rez versions ain’t doing it for me.
BTW: I don;t mind spending money if I feel it is worth it… heck I just purchased a DSJ!!! But $20 is $20 too much if I am not happy with it.
BTW2: J Gordon Holt was correct… the better the recording, the less satisfaction… or something like that.
Bruce in Philly