Today, the CD is the standard among audio media and is likely to remain so for some time. This is why our main production revolves around CDs. As described above, these benefit from our highly intricate production techniques. The latest recordings in particular probe the limits of what is feasible in CDs from a technical and musical point of view.
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DVD+FLAC and FLAC192
High Resolution Audio: The DVD+FLAC and FLAC192 Discs
DVD+FLAC Disc contains high resolution audio with 24 Bit/96kHz in two different formats: As a directly playable DVD and as FLAC files for the Media Player or Computer.
Meanwhile all DVD+FLAC sets contain a second DVD(-ROM) with 24Bit/192kHz FLAC files and are called DVD+FLAC192 (formerly known as "Special Edition"). There are two versions available:
2. DVD+FLAC192 "Comparison Kit" - This version includes the standard audio CD version, too.
The development in the area of HD-Audio and media players is progressing at a fast pace. Currently the 24/192 format becomes a standard which is supported by most of the new devices. By now there are affordable solutions for beginners available, as well. Therefore now it is a mere logical consequence to completely forego the intermediate step of 24/96 and in the future to only offer this format alongside the established CD and vinyl. In addition to the download version, the corresponding FLAC files nonwithstanding should also be available on a physical storage medium - exactly that is provided by the FLAC192 disc. The FLAC192 contains one DVD(-ROM) with 24Bit/192kHz FLAC files and the printed Booklet. It is available as "Comparison Kit", too.
Advantages of high resolution audio with 24Bit/96kHz or 24Bit/192kHz
Image 1 – spectral display of a music passage over the time:
Love for music and the fascination for its efficacy centrally determine the operations at ACOUSENCE. Conventional digital signals cannot reproduce the musical procedures and natural sound structures over the time in a way, as it is felt by humans at the time of direct hearing of the music. A 24 Bit/96kHz digital signals offer significant advantages as a result of double effects. On the one hand, hardly any signals are truncated in higher frequency areas (see image 1), and on the other hand, the digital-technological broadening of impulse-like signals and subsequently the luting and veiling of fine musical and tonal details is almost not existent. (Image 2). In all, this attracts the attention to itself in a natural, musical and richly colored sound pattern. Experience the fascination of music in a new dimension!
Image 2 – area within which energy of an impulse is scattered, depending on the sampling rate (CD=red, 24/96=yellow)
ACOUSENCE classics with High Resolution Audio online
Music consumption on the basis of standardized file formats and no longer on the basis of standardized Audio media formats shall determine the future without any doubt. Music over Internet does not remain a synonym for reduced sound quality anymore, after the technical requirements (such as faster data networks, low-cost memory) do not remain the least requirement for MP3. On the contrary, an entirely new quality level – far better than the CD – can be achieved in this way.
There are two different possibilities to order this products:
2. Order of our DVD+FLAC192 discs or direct downloads (including 24/192, 24/96 and CD-quality versions in FLAC format) via our own shopping system: Our catalog
We have not yet produced any SACDs at ACOUSENCE to date because we were initially far from convinced of the musical result when we performed our own experiments using the DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording procedure for SACD, not to mention a strange tone colouration and unnaturalness in the timbre and tone structures of individual instruments. External productions that we have heard so far also gave no occasion for us to believe that anything else could be achieved with this medium at all.
DSD AD converter input level that is 8db higher (this is how the SACD is mastered now):
For comparison, here is the version for our DVD+FLAC and FLAC downloads, digitalised in 24/192:
The passage displayed here shows the furious battle between Siegfried and the dragon. While the elemental forces can fully unfold in the specially mastered SACD, just like in the high-resolution 24/192 PCM version, the sound does not open up in the conventionally mastered DSD version as the sound level rises, and thus the utter brutality, which is fully intended here, cannot really develop to its full extent. Instead, the sound becomes ever smaller and more washed-out as the complexity of the overtone mix increases (higher volumes create more overtone components). One can literally hear how the fine structure that is found in the high frequency component is "drowned".