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Various Artists & Genres [29 tracks] more

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The AIX All Star Band more

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John Gorka - A Gypsy Life

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HD Video & HD Audio tracks from AIX Records more

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John Gorka - The Gypsy Life

Susan Werner, Amelia K. Spicer, R. Rentler & M. Manring more

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Phil Parlapiano, Brett Simons & Dan Marfisimore

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Nitty Gritty Surround

John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson & guest Jennifer Warnes more

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Jonathan McEuen - One Step Ahead

guests Jamie Hanna, Phil Salazar and John McEuen more

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Jackson Browne, John Ondrasik, Keb' Mo', The Bangles more

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The Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Project - El Vuelo

Kamasi Washington, Gustavo Ramierez, Raul Pineda more

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Ernest Ranglin - Order of Distinction

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The Grant Geissman Quintet - There and Back Again

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The Latin Jazz Trio

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Goldberg Variations Acoustica

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Pachelbel Acoustica

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Moonlight Acoustica

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The Carl Verheyen Band - Rumor Mill

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Steve Pierson & Blues Head - Blue Me Away

Laurence Juber, Michael Murphy, Gerald Johnson & Gary Mallabermore

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The Surf City Allstar Band - I Get Surround

Dean Torrence & Jeff "Skunk" Baxter more

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Bad Haggis - Span

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The Grant Geissman Quintet - There and Back Again

Gordon Goodwin [Big Phat Band], Jim Cox, Jimmy Johnson & Greg Bissonette more

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The Carl Verheyen Band - Take One Step

Cliff Hugo, Chad Wackerman, Bernie Dresel & Jim Cox more

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Deacon John - Jump Blues

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Keaton Simon - Drive Away!

with Scott Bruzenak, Nate Wood, Scott Seiver more

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The Brand New Opry - Another Time Vol. 1

Jonathan McEuen, Phil Salazar, Jamie Hanna, John McEuen & Albert Lee more

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Nitty Gritty Surround

John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson & special guest Jennifer Warnes more

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Jonathan McEuen - One Step Ahead

with Nathan McEuen, Jesse Siebenberg & Randy Tico more

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Lisbeth Scott - Charmed

with very special guest Paul Schwartz more

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Laurence Juber - Guitar Noir

with Domenic Genova & Steve Forman more

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Peppino D'Agostino, Acoustic Guitar

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Music Of Lowen & Navarro - Keep The Light Alive

Jackson Browne, John Ondrasik, Keb' Mo', The Bangles more

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John Gorka - A Gypsy Life

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John Gorka - The Gypsy Life

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Lowen & Navarro - Carry On Together

Phil Parlapiano, Brett Simons & Dan Marfisi more

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The AIX All Stars - Surrounded By Christmas

with Laurence Juber, Jim Cox, Leland Sklar, Steve Forman and John Ferraro more

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Dorian Michael - Acoustic Blues

with Laurence Juber & Albert Lee more

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Zephyr: Voices Unbound

12-voice a cappella choir more

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Lisbeth Scott - Charmed

with very special guest Paul Schwartz more

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Paul Williams - I'm Going Back There Someday

special guests Willie Nelson, Melissa Manchester & The Great Gonzo more

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Music Of Lowen & Navarro - Keep The Light Alive

Jackson Browne, John Ondrasik, Keb' Mo', The Bangles more

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Lowen & Navarro - Carry On Together

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John Gorka - A Gypsy Life

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John Gorka - The Gypsy Life

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Stevé March Tormé - Tormé Sings Tormé

Steve Rawlins, Jim DeJulio, Lanny Morgan, Bobby Rodriguez & dektette more

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The Brand New Opry - Another Time Vol. 1

Jonathan McEuen, Phil Salazar, Jamie Hanna, John McEuen & others more

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John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson & special guest Jennifer Warnes more

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Steve Pierson and Blues Head - Blue Me Away

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The Surf City Allstar Band - I Get Surround

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Ian Whitcomb - Turned On Alley

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The Dale Spalding Band - Downtown

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Fred Sokolow

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Nicci Gilbert - Nicci Gilbert & Friends

Demetria McKinney, Jaretta Lott, Monifah Carter & Tammy Townsend more

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Jonathan McEuen - One Step Ahead

with guests Jesse Siebenberg, Phil Salazar & Randy Tico more

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The Old City String Quartet - Mozart

Corey Klein / Horn and Ruokai Chen - Clarinet more

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Chamber Music Palisades - Shostakovich/Debussy/Brockman

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Chopin - The Ballades

Anita Chang - piano more

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Beethoven - Symph. 6/ Respighi - Pines of Rome

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra - Zdenek Macal more

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Johnnes Brahms - Piano Quintet Op. 34 in F Minor

Delores Stevens & Ives Quartet more

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Zephyr: Voices Unbound

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Chopin - Selected Piano Works

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Stravinsky - Firebird/Ravel - Bolero

George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra/Cristian Mandeal more

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Mozart Symphonies 26 & 41 "Jupiter"

George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra/ Cristian Mandeal more

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Bach - Brandenburg No.s 3 & 5 / Air on the G String

George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra/ Cristian Mandeal more

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Haydn Keyboard Trios No.s 39, 40 & 26

The "Pro Arte" Trio more

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Six Sonatas for Woodwind Quintet / Woodwind Quintet Op. 71

The "George Enescu" Quintet more

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Music for Solo Harp - Debussy, Glinka & Others

performed by Ion Ivan Roncea more

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A Classical Surround Sampler

Various Ensembles more

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Marcello-Oboe Concerto Handel-Organ Concerto Vivaldi-2 Sinfonias

A. Petrescu/N. Licaret more

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Mozart - Variations K. 573 / Schumann - Fantasie Op. 17

performed by Matei Vargas, piano more

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Lyricism: Songs Without Words

performed by Roberto Prosseda more

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Brahms Clarinet Quintet

Dimitri Ashkenazy, clarinet & Ives String Quartet more

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Albert Lee - Tearing it Up

Randle Curry, J.T. Thomas, Bob Glaub & Don Heffington more

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Albert Lee - Tearing it Up

Randle Curry, J.T. Thomas, Bob Glaub & Don Heffington more

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Tried & True

Jaime Hanna & Jonathan McEuenmore

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The Brand New Opry - Another Time Vol. 1

Jonathan McEuen, Phil Salazar, Jamie Hanna, John McEuen & others more

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Nitty Gritty Surround

John McEuen, Jimmy Ibbotson & special guest Jennifer Warnes more

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Albert Lee - Tearing it Up

Randle Curry, J.T. Thomas, Bob Glaub and Don Heffington more

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Albert Lee - Tearing it Up

Randle Curry, J.T. Thomas, Bob Glaub and Don Heffington more

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Laurence Juber - Guitar Noir

with Domenic Genova & Steve Forman more

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Peppino D'Agostino, Acoustic Guitar

with Juan van Emmerloot - perc/drums more

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Ernest Ranglin - Order of Distinction

with Robby Krieger, Elliot Easton, Monty Alexander more

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The Carl Verheyen Band - Rumor Mill

with special guest Jim Cox more

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The Grant Geissman Quintet - There and Back Again

Gordon Goodwin of the Big Phat Band, Jim Cox, Jimmy Johnson and Greg Bissonette more

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Dorian Michael - Acoustic Blues

with Laurence Juber & Albert Lee more

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The Dale Spalding Band - Downtown

Lon Price, Bruce Malament, Tomas Gargano & Kenny Elliot more

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Steve Pierson and Blues Head - Blue Me Away

Laurence Juber, Michael Murphy, Gerald Johnson & Gary Mallabermore

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Dorian Michael - Acoustic Blues

with Laurence Juber & Albert Lee more

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The Dale Spalding Band - Downtown

Lon Price, Bruce Malament, Tomas Gargano & Kenny Elliot more

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Music Of Lowen & Navarro - Keep The Light Alive

Jackson Browne, John Ondrasik, Keb' Mo', The Bangles more

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Paul Williams - I'm Going Back There Someday

special guests Willie Nelson, Melissa Manchester & The Great Gonzo more

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The Carl Verheyen Band - Rumor Mill

with special guest Jim Cox more

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The Carl Verheyen Band - Take One Step

Cliff Hugo, Chad Wackerman, Bernie Dresel & Jim Cox more

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Keaton Simon - Drive Away!

with Scott Bruzenak, Nate Wood, Scott Seiver more

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The Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Project - El Vuelo

Kamasi Washington, Gustavo Ramierez, Raul Pineda more

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The Latin Jazz Trio

Luis Conte, David Garfield & David Carpenter more

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AC Timba Jazz

featuring the music of Long John Oliva more

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Bad Haggis - Span

with special guest Ruben Blades more

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Ernest Ranglin - Order of Distinction

with Robby Krieger, Elliot Easton, Monty Alexander more

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The Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Project - El Vuelo

Kamasi Washington, Gustavo Ramierez, Raul Pineda more

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AC Timba Jazz

featuring the music of Long John Oliva more

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The Latin Jazz Trio

Luis Conte, David Garfield & David Carpenter more

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Romanian Folk Music

featuring The Adrian Petrescu Band more

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High Resolution CDs? Really?
There are lots of audiophile labels producing a wide variety of new recordings these days. Some chose to distribute these new productions on 180 gram vinyl LPs, analog tapes, high resolution downloads, blu-ray audio discs, SACDs and compact discs. But what seems to be missing is a recognition that not all of these formats are capable of producing the same level of audio fidelity. The reason is the electrical and mechanical differences between these formats. I would like to start a series of brief articles that focus on the merits and limitations of each of these formats. The first will be CD-Audio discs. I received an email from a Los Angeles based label that specializes in recording and releasing music performed by emerging classical artists today that included a link to their site labeled "high resolution virgin polycarbonate CDs". Knowing that there is nothing that can be done to compact discs to make them "high resolution", I was curious and visited their site. They have sections that sell CD, vinyl and even analog tape versions of their recordings. I wasn't able to find any additional information about the "high resolution virgin polycarbonate CDs". But this is what the Redbook specification tells us about compact discs.

In October of 1982, Sony and Phillips released both hard and software in the CD format. They also issued a rigid specification document called the Redbook that provided other manufacturers the detailed specifications required to make a format compliant disc or disc player. The Redbook sells for $5000 and is a dense read. I have a copy and have examined it over the years as I experimented with enhanced CDs and the pregap area of a compact disc [that's another story].

The format specifications that matter for this discussion are the sampling rate and the word length of the PCM system employed to encode the analog information on the discs. The engineers at Sony and Phillips chose to use 44.1 kHz for the sampling rate and 16-bit linear words. They had originally included 14-bits as the word length but ultimately decided on 16-bits, which is very good news for audiophiles interested in dynamic range. 16-bits provides a potential dynamic range of around 96 dB. This is arrived at by taking the number of bits and running it through the following formula:

Signal to noise = 1 + (6.023 * No. of bits)

The sampling rate of 44.1 kHz comes from the video world and according to the Nyquist Theorem means that frequencies up to 22.050 kHz can be successfully encoded and reproduced from a compact disc.

These specifications provide decidedly "standard resolution" through every CD player every manufactured. If a track is "dithered" down from 176.4 kHz/24-bits to fit on a CD, then it becomes a "standard resolution" release. Companies do this because the world is still listening to the CD format…they can sound quite good when produced with care.

So how can this small audiophile label market their CD as "high resolution". Does replicating the discs with "virgin polycarbonate" make any difference to the fidelity of the bitstream that is passed from the player to the digital to analog convertor? No. In fact, in all of my years of replicating optical discs I've never seen anything but "virgin" or new polycarbonate used to make discs.

Why would a company claim that their CD are "high resolution"? To create interest in their releases among audiophiles that understand that high resolution or HD tracks can deliver a better listening experience. The truth is that there is no such thing as a "high resolution CD". Don't be fooled. Enjoy the music as a standard CD…that's all it will ever be.

By the way, the same company provides their recordings as high resolution downloads, as vinyl LPs [for $30 each] and on analog tapes [for $125 each]. It seems the only way to get the ultimate quality is to download the files and use a music server.

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  • "I worry about sound quality and old ways of the industry. Up-sampled CDs, play-everything consumer machines and lawyers killed the DVDA. The tragic consequence was much like humanity creating the first wheel and breaking it apart so it would not roll away. Many titles in vaults have sonic losses from compression and sampling that can’t be recovered. Yet, surely, there will be re-issues even though high resolution will not improve them. Some reviewers use analyzers to spot these marketed imposters."

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