We will be offering many of our popular titles and new releases available in Quad DSD (DSD256) With a resolution up to 256 times better than CD, your ears will immediately realize the full potential of your playback system. DSD256 is the highest audio resolution format available today
Remastered using the Merging Pyramix Workstation
THERE IS REALLY NO OTHER AUDIO FORMAT LIKE IT!!
Read what David Robinson editor of Postive Feedback Online said after he heard a couple of our future releases:
“Just when I thought that High Definition Tape Transfers couldn’t up its game any further than its killer releases in Double DSD, they prove me wrong! Here they come in Quad DSD! The new releases in DSD256, using the brilliant new Merging Technologies HAPI DSD analog-to-digital converter at its Quad DSD rate, is absolutely stunning. The transparency, dynamics, detail, texture, harmonics, spatiality, and the rich sense of musical revelation absolutely riveted me to my chair. The ease! The naturalness! The dimensionality!
I was so taken by the quality of what I was hearing, that the word “enchantment” really has to be considered.
This is what being ‘connected to the music’ is all about. It’s the oneness with a performance that happens at the level of soul, with both body and spirit transported by the glory of a brilliant recording.
HDTT has pulled out all the stops, and now takes the position as being the
first company to reissue major classical orchestral recordings in Quad DSD. Kudos to Bob Witrak and company for such a brilliant feat, and for pioneering the brave new world of Quad DSD commercial download releases!
And yes, you may definitely consider this to be my very highest recommendation – with great enthusiasm!”
Available Download Formats
DSD – DSD is the true audiophile digital format, created by Philips and Sony for use in SACDs. The DSD format benefits listeners because the sampling rates go up to an incredible 2.8MHz or 5.6MHz and 11.2Mhz, which is 64 or 128 and 256 times greater than the rate of a standard audio CD, respectively. However, it does so at 1-bit depth, rather than the up-to-24-bit rate you’ll get in some of the other formats listed below. So every time it captures audio data, it captures less, but it does so with astonishing regularity. We offer all formats: single DSD 64, 128, and 256. DSD64: 2.8 MHz sampling rate & DSD128: 5.6MHz sampling rate - Direct Stream Digital (DSD) has been around for a while, but it has been so married to a physical medium, SACD, that it has yet to receive the attention from audiophiles that it deserves. It is only recently with the growing interest in downloading high-resolution audio via the Internet that DSD surged to the surface of news coverage. The compelling reasons that existed over ten years ago to use this encoding scheme for SACD have now become convenient truths for the new era of high-resolution Internet audio. The DSD64 and DSD128 formats are only playable on compatible hardware and software.
DSD256 – The 11.2MHz sampling rate has a resolution up to 256 times better than the resolution of a standard audio CD. Your ears will immediately realize the full potential of your playback system upon listening to the DSD256 format as it is the highest audio resolution format available today. Like the DSD64 and DSD128 formats, the DSD256 format is playable only on compatible hardware and software.
Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) – Pulse Code Modulation is the most popular digital audio format. We use Flac which is a Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. It is used for all of our PCM downloads. Despite being lossless, it will reduce the size of music files dramatically. PCM comes in the following types: 24bit 96khz, 24bit 192khz, and 24bit 352.8khz. The 24bit 352.8khz PCM format is also known as DXD. Flac will play on almost all media players. Just make sure to double check.
24bit 96khz PCM Flac - Our 24/96 downloads are down-sampled versions of our DXD or DSD128 digital masters; consequently, there is a slight loss of audio quality compared to our other formats. However, they still offer much better fidelity than 16/44 resolution, or Redbook CD Quality. 24/96 resolution is compatible with more media players and audio playback hardware.
24bit 192khz PCM Flac - Our 24/192 downloads are down-sampled versions of our DXD or DSD128 digital masters; consequently, there is a slight loss of audio quality compared to our them. Please note also that the 192khz download files are approximately twice the size of our 96khz download files and may consequently take up to twice as long to download.
24bit 352.8kHz PCM Flac (DXD) - A digital recording at 352.8 kHz sounds closer to "real analog," which needs no anti-aliasing filters. The listener can better capture the full ambient information of sonic events with a 352.8 kHz sampling rate. Even though a higher resolution and higher sampling rates sound better than a lower resolution and lower sampling rates, 192 kHz, 96 kHz, and 44.1 kHz/24 bit all sound more "digital" than 352.8 kHz sampling rates because of the pronounced effects of anti-aliasing filters in the lower sampling rate systems. DXD is only playable on compatible hardware and software. Physical Discs Available
Available Physical Disc Formats
Blu-ray Audio Discs - Blu-ray discs can store five times more information on a single disc than a regular DVD. This means Blu-ray Audio can offer absolutely complete, lossless audio. The DTS-MA format is used with all of our releases. Our Blu-ray Audio discs have on-screen navigation options or can be navigated by the Blu-ray remote. Text and other visual material are available on-screen. A Blu-ray player is required to play Blu-ray Audio discs, and they are incompatible with standard CD or DVD players. All of our Blu-ray releases include a Stereo version if offered in Surround.
24bit 192khz DVD-A Disc - Down sampled versions of our DXD or DSD128 digital masters; consequently, there is a slight loss of audio quality compared to our them. DVD-A will only play on players that support DVD-A playback.
24bit 96khz DVD Disc - This is basically our 24/96 download burned onto a DVD disc for customers who prefer to play back our releases on a DVD player. We use the DVD VIDEO standard, NOT the DVD AUDIO standard because our customers can play back these discs in any DVD player, even players that do not play back at 24/96. We do, however, recommend playing back these discs on a player compatible with the 24/96 format to hear them at their best.
HQCD (High Quality Compact Disc) – A HQCD, or a High Quality Compact Disc, is a state-of-the-art disc made from special materials and dyes, which result in the best possible data transfer rates during the data burning process. Designed by world-renowned CD manufacturer Taiyo Yuden, a HQCD will play back on any standard Red Book CD player. Every HQCD is carefully burned at the optimum 1X rate with a proprietary burner that has been exactly matched for lowest jitter and best possible transfer efficiency from reference master data files. HQCD will playback on any standard Red Book CD player. You can read more about HQCD here. Compact Disc - Standard Red Book CDs will play on any CD player, and we burn them on high-quality gold CDs for outstanding playback quality.