www.prostudiomasters.com - Canadian, wide variety of styles, decent prices bleep.com/stream/24-BIT%20WAVS - UK, Contemporary & electronic, great prices +$1.00 for hires, typically 24/44 www.qobuz.com - French, very large variety and depth, excellent website but must be translated from french. Good sales/discounts store.acousticsounds.com/superhirez - USA, Great source for DSD, high quality remasters www.hdtracks.com - USA, One of the first hires sites, typically PCM only, wide variety of styles music.e-onkyo.com - Japan, some rarities, large catalog nativedsd.com - Netherlands, native DSD recordings, excellent SQ, limited selection for now...the newest www.eclassical.com - classical, jazz, world and folk, great discounts/sales, thorough classical selections www.linnrecords.com - UK, wide variety, good amount of 24/192 www.channelclassics.com - DSD bluecoastrecords.com - EXCEPTIONAL sound quality, you may not find an artist you know but worth having one of their recordings to hear what is possible with DSD www.2l.no - Norway, again small label and great recordings
Been buying from the German www.highresaudio.com/ lately as well. Prices are usually lower that the UK store of HDTracks, not as many titles though. (To get the English version of the site click on Englisch at the top of the page)
OK, just bought the 3 'Sectors' by RUSH from prostudiomasters.com. It took 2.5 days to download them. Understandably these are pretty large files, but seriously. Numerous hangups added to the download time length. If you're in a hurry to download stuff with these guys you may want to block out some time at another point. The upside is getting the downloads going again is much less hassle than the others I've used, but who wants to babysit a large download. I'd like to purchase, and let things go while I get on with business.
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Another popular supplier of high-definition audio files (www.acousticsounds.com).
+ They have an pretty wide selection, which includes many different formats. + The user experience is reasonable (it works and won't drive you nuts). + They seem to beat HDTRacks prices by $1 or $2 on some commonly available offerings. + They seem to provide more information about more albums than HDTRacks.
I did some research on the hi-res downloads and the different sites. I find myself always returning to Acoustic Sounds. Recently purchased and old favorite. FleetWood-Mac/Rumors.
The hi-res files have definitely raised the bar. IMO