A selection of online stores with hi-res music
The transition from MP3 to Hi-Res music with a quality higher than CD has not yet become a mainstream phenomenon. Companies like Sony would like this, some rock stars with Neil Young at the head and audiophiles, but for now Spotify wins. Nevertheless, there are quite a few people in the world who use high-end equipment and do not stop looking for new sources of high-quality digital music.
Every day more and more stereo receivers and even mobile phones equipped with powerful DACs appear, but finding music in Hi-Res audio format is still not easy. The problem is that there are not so many digital recordings with high sampling rates and large bit depths (above 24 bit / 48 kHz).
If we talk about streaming services with high sound quality, then, in fact, the only choice is Tidal (review, MQA test). This platform has its own quirks, but it allows streaming music in 24-bit / 96 kHz format. None of the popular popular services can offer this. It’s good that most modern receivers have a network connection — it’s easy to make Tidal a stream source for your music system. And what to do if you always want to listen to your own music, and not to take it “for rent for a month”? There are several options. On the Internet, you can find online stores selling digital music for your personal record collections, but you need to know where to look. To help you with this challenging quest, we have compiled a list of several of the most interesting sites offering music in Hi-Res. Let there be music! HDtracks Formats: WMA, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC Resolution: up to 24 bit / 192 kHzSiteHDtracks is one of the largest music stores on the Internet. In the large catalog of this site you can find rock, jazz, classical and pop in high quality. The site is maintained and updated by its musician, composer, producer and founder of HDtracks David Chesky.
Music on HDtracks is available in several formats, including the highest resolutions, although some of the files are presented only in CD-quality. In this area you will find almost all of your favorite musicians from Bob Dylan to Bob Marley and from Rush to Marvin Gaye. That’s just the Beatles on HDtracks problem. In any case, if you want to quickly assemble a large collection of Hi-Res-audio, then HDtracks will be a good starting point for you.
Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound Formats: FLAC, ALAC Resolution: up to 24-bit / 192 kHzWho want Peter Gabriel and the London Symphony Orchestra to choose your HD music? Then this site is exactly what you have always been looking for. The venue looks more like a club than a store: Bowers & Wilkins sends two select albums to each subscriber each month. It costs such a pleasure 60 dollars a year (in addition to the price includes access to some records from the catalog of the Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound).
By the way, there are quite a few files on this site that are recorded using special binaural recording technology. And do not expect a large number of radio hits – mostly collections consist of classical and eclectic.
Acoustic Sounds Formats: FLAC, ALAC, DSF, DSD Resolution: up to 24 bit / 192 kHz Website The name “Acoustic Sounds” does not convey the full diversity offered by the site. Acoustic Sounds has a huge amount of pop and rock music. Here you will find such famous artists as Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, Depeche Mode, Steely Dan and Aerosmith. There is indie music like The Civil Wars.
Among other things, the site often appears funk and bluegrass. All of this diverse collection is offered in Hi-Res from DSD to FLAC. This shop will appeal to those who need proven hits and classic rock.
The Classical Shop Formats: WMA, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, FLAC 5.1 Resolution: up to 24 bit / 96 kHz Sites The site contains a large collection of classical and jazz (over a million tracks) from about 200 labels. According to the store owners, about 80,000 tracks are added to the catalog every month! However, many recordings are available at maximum CD quality.
Fortunately, the site has a filter that allows you to accurately specify the desired parameters, including sampling and the speed of the digital stream. In the classical and jazz section there are many subgenres with Hi-Res studio master recordings.
ATMA Classique Formats: FLAC, CD Resolution: up to 24 bit / 96 kHz Sites Up to the span The Classical Shop site does not reach, but this 15-year-old French-Canadian project has a wonderful collection of selected music, a convenient structure and a nice interface.
To find the right artist among hundreds of others, you can use a filter with a choice by composer, artist or genre. And, perhaps, the best thing here is that prices are very democratic compared to other sites and start at $ 13-15 per album.
Blue Coast Records / Downloads NOW! Formats: WAV, DSD Resolution: up to 24 bit / 96 kHzSiteLabel / Store Blue Coast will appeal to those who want something unusual and rare. The site contains good indie music (rock and pop).