I’m getting ready to order some new tunes from SoundKeeper Recordings. They offer different formats other than CD, namely DVD-V, .wav and .aif.
I think that the 24/96 DVD-V should be playable on the DMP (not the .wav or .aif though) but I thought I’d check 1st before paying for the music in this format. So if anyone knows for sure I’d appreciate confirmation.
Thank you in advance
SoundKeeper Recording format blurb below (www.soundkeeperrecordings.com/FAQ)
With this in mind, we have decided to offer our customers the option. For those who want the absolute highest quality CD possible and whose players can play back a CD-R, we will make available a CD-R version, recorded one at a time, directly from the computer hard drive CD master.
NOTE: The benefits of the CD-R version pertain to playing the disc in real time, in a CD player or transport. If you intend to extract the files to hard drive for use with a music server, there will be no advantage to the CD-R. You will attain the same performance at less expense with our CD pressing.
To take it another step up on the quality ladder, for those whose DVD players can play back a DVD-R, for some projects we will also offer a high resolution DVD-R version of our recordings. These will be 24-bit, 96k sampled stereo audio, recorded one at a time, directly from the high resolution computer hard drive DVD master, onto DVD-R. Note this is not a reference to DVD-A (DVD Audio) discs, which require a special player. We are referring to ordinary DVD-R discs that will play in most standard DVD players. Soundkeeper Recordings DVD-Rs will utilize the stereo PCM tracks that have been part of the DVD-V (DVD Video) standard from the beginning. In this way, listeners can enjoy the sonic benefits of our high resolution recording system.
The DVD-R version will not contain video other than a navigation menu. However, these discs do not require use of a video display and can be navigated just like a CD, using the front panel controls on the DVD player or those on the remote.
NOTE: Our 24/96 (audio only) DVD-Rs are in DVD-V (video) format and contain 24/96 stereo PCM audio. These will play in most DVD players. They do not contain .aif or .wav files.
Next come our files-on-disc formats, for use with computer music server applications, such as iTunes. These are high resolution, 24-bit files at either 96k or 192k, in uncompressed .aif or .wav format, custom burned to DVD-R. The sample rate and format are customer’s choice at order time. Simply import the files into the music server program of your choice. High quality album cover art and a pdf of the liner notes will be included.
Our original recordings are now done at 24/192 and for the first time, you can hear them in that format too. For folks whose DAC (digital to analog converter) only goes up to 96k, we offer versions at this rate as well.
As an added bonus, the artwork with the first 25 copies of each of the custom burned formats (the CD-R, DVD-R, 24/96 .aif files-on-disc, 24/96 .wav files-on-disc, 24/192 .aif files-on-disc and 24/192 .wav files-on-disc) will be autographed by the artist.
NOTE: Our files-on-disc DVD-Rs contain files for use with computer music servers only. They will not play in CD, DVD or SACD players. Note also that many hardware players that claim to play computer files will not play all computer files. Our files-on-disc DVD-Rs are intended only for playback from computers.
- So, to sum up, we offer our releases in up to seven different formats. In addition to the regular CD pressing, our six custom burned formats are:
- DVD-R (in DVD-V format, playable in most DVD players)
- 24/96 .aif files-on-disc
- 24/96 .wav files-on-disc
- 24/192 .aif files-on-disc
- 24/192 .wav files-on-disc