brothers, Norman and
David (above), of Chesky Records Inc.
and owners of the new hi-rez music download
website HDtracks.com had plenty to talk
about with regard to hi-rez downloads. And they've plenty to be
happy about these days with regard to how
manufacturers are supporting their cause. Their vision of
creating THE hi-def music website has
seen steady growth over the past few years.
Thanks, in a large part to the acceptance of
iPod, iPad and other Media and portable
systems, hi-rez downloads have gained major
acceptance in the audiophile community.
HDtracks.com is a high-quality music
download service offering a diverse catalog
of independent music from around the world.
Developed by musicians for musicians,
HDtracks provides a listening experience
with an emphasis on purity, tone and
expression. HDtracks’ catalog is comprised
of uncompressed CD and DVD-audio-quality
recordings of world-class musicians,
vocalists and ensembles. HDtracks offers
consumers a variety of file formats: AIFF,
FLAC lossless files and 320 kbps files that
exceed the quality of a standard MP3 file.
Currently, HDtracks has available select
titles in ultra-high resolution 96kHz/24bit
FLAC files. This is a true DVD-audio sound
media-based drives, like the Nova Physics
Memory Player will outperform CD-based
players in side-by-side comparisons. Other,
more affordable devices (played right from
your PC, iPod or iPad), can offer
outstanding performance comparable to some
very expensive CD-based systems.
introduced some interesting computer-based
DACS from High Resolution Technologies (HRT) Music Streamers.
The HRT website states: The iStreamer is
a high performance audio interface that
allows an Apple iPad™, iPhone® or iPod® and
a home entertainment system to become
perfect partners. With an iStreamer
connected, you can enjoy true CD quality
sound with the convenience of having all
your music on one device.
manufacturer Xindak now offers USB inputs on
all their 2011 integrated product line. A
trend you can bet that will soon become an
a company to keep an eye on as they boast
remarkably affordable and easy to use
music-based hard-drive systems (their model
PK100 retails for $499). Above is the new
Auraliti L1000 which is a substantial
product both in terms of quality and price
($4k or thereabouts). Designed by Damien
Martin the one thing you can bet on is
photos of other systems I found rather