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Offline Chris

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What are we buying these days?...
« on: August 08, 2013, 11:45:40 AM »
As I audition new/old bands and discover some seriously cool music (to me anyway) and/or even the new 45 rpm vinyl reissues  of classic albums, ie. hoffman etc. I would like to hear reviews and the like to keep me abreast of a broader music scene than I would not normally know about...so, any cool new discoveries??   great new albums of old favorite bands?? Great concerts you have just seen?? Reviews on said vinyl reissues or HD tracks reissues that are MUCH better than the originals etc... I would love to hear about it....  Thank you :)
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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2013, 11:47:33 AM »
Anyone with experiance with the new Van Halen Hoffman/Gray vinyl remaster series versus the new HD tracks hi res reissues?? Is the vinyl still superior?? Thank you...

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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2013, 07:23:44 PM »
Hey Chris,

Can't answer the van halen question, but why not tell us what music you like and don't like.

 For example, I'm a fan of a wide variety of music, but certainly not all music. I like indie rock (radiohead, bon iver), the Beatles, electronica (underworld, washed out), female singer songwriters like Fiona apple, Regina spektor. I like things with a raw edge to them. I cannot stand typical audiophile music. Smooth jazz makes me want to pry my eyes out with a spoon.  Adult contemporary of the 90's is like nails on a chalkboard.

Some recent discoveries that sound amazing (to me):
Muddy waters folk singer
Alt-j
The books - lemon of pink
Norah Jones - Little broken hearts
Fiona apple's latest
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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2013, 05:14:41 PM »
Great post, thank you.. I am open to all things.. So, the artists that you list, and the reasons you included are great reasons also, I will check them all out and see what happens.... Example, I am not a real blues fan, however, one day at the Orlando library, I saw a cd of the Holmes Brothers.. REAL Black Southern Blues, and wow, I really liked them.. NEVER dreamed of that happening.. I like what most of you will probably not ie.. Feeder, Coheed and Cambria, The Wildhearts, Pretty Maids etc., so listings from me probably isnt so necessary..  But, I greatly appreciate hearing for you guys...

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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2013, 07:46:14 PM »
I was just listening to the Van Halen remasters tonight, interesting enough. Nice remaster IMO. I'm talking about the CD release though. No opinion on the vinyl though.
Eric
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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013, 04:33:43 AM »
I agree, even the reissue cds sound better, But HD tracks has released  the Roth albums on hi/res.. I would jump on that in a heartbeat, BUT Acoustech released 4 of the Roth albums on remastered Vinyl by Kevin Grey... I would love to hear a  comparison...

Offline Downhome Upstate

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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2013, 08:17:36 AM »
HI Chris,

Try Dawes (Nothing is Wrong), and maybe something from The Head and the Heart. While we're at it, have a listen to Fleet Foxes too.

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Mike
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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2013, 08:36:47 AM »
ok cool, will do.. :)

Offline Downhome Upstate

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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2013, 03:16:17 PM »
Just picked up Willie Nelson's 'Stardust' on HDtracks tonight, and remembered how much I loved these covers. Sat there with eyes closed bobbing my head like a fool.
Wonderful . . .
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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2013, 03:30:35 PM »
About HD tracks.. Not all are in 192khz, Now I see more and more talk of the 384khz dacs like the Chord dac years ago.. Well, IF that ends up being a superior listening experience years down the road and HD tracks does stuff in 384.. How many more damn times do we have to buy the White album?? (in the spirit of Tommy Lee Jones in MIB)... If I bought the Van halen stuff now, then here we go again if it is in 384 later? I think I will just get the Hoffman/Gray Van Halen masters on vinyl and just BE DONE with it.......

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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2013, 03:36:11 PM »
Hey Chris - I have a few HD Tracts "high res" downloads. IMO they are not worth it. I listened to the CD remaster upsampled next to the HD high res FLAC download and was unable to hear a difference. Thats just my opinion. If I can get a high res remaster on blu-ray audio, ok I might go for it. Who the hell knows what you are getting with HD Tracts. Again, IMO....
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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2013, 03:46:47 PM »
Yeah, thanks Wax.. I know, the HD tracks type thing for me anyway, maybe still a little young to be pulling a bunch of purchase triggers yet... I see that they are doing alot more of the type of music that I DO have, but, I think I will wait longer before I start replacing my cd collection with hi/res downloads of the same music... hugely expensive to do so... Maybe with NEW music, I will bite, but a total HD track collection replacement, don't think so....

Offline Downhome Upstate

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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2013, 04:56:56 PM »
I don't know, boys. Listening now to the 24/96 download of Alison Krauss & Union Station's Paper Airplane, and it sounds mighty good to me.
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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2013, 05:07:01 PM »
True Mike - I have the "Rasing Sand" album with Plant/Krauss 24/96 from HD Tracks. Very good indeed. Not above any of my good rebook recording though... Not saying its not worth it though!
Eric
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Offline Downhome Upstate

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Re: What are we buying these days?...
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2013, 05:37:04 PM »
To my ears, some of them are, and some of them aren't. What is your playback chain? (Never mind - I see it now) I can hear a difference with real higher sample size/sampling frequency recordings through Pure Music and a Halide DAC HD. The DAC HD is analog-like, but with enough resolution of detail for me. Listening to the real deal (as opposed to redbook recordings available for download that, surprise, sound like redbook recording available for download, like maybe that Stardust album I paid too much for as a matter of convenience) sure sounds better to me than most CD's, except for, e.g., ECM and Mapleshade discs. I'm sure there are as many opinions on this out there as there are listeners. Oh, well.
"Too soon old;
   Too late schmart"

    The late Mr. Fox, Fox's Deli, Rochester, NY

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