Where to get The best FLAC downloads...

Now that I have a great DAC for digital music, where are good sources for downloading them? I am looking to grab as many of the lp’s (Classic rock, easy listening, old school county ) as I can find, with the end goal being to eliminate my turntable and go completely digital by the time people start getting their tax returns back.

I am finding I am able to enjoy my system more often without the constraints placed upon my time by physical media. That and the 20k plus tied up in gear could go towards other things I enjoy, like a college fund for my son....
The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,338
    Rip your own CDs, get an Oppo 103 along with DK's instructions and rip SACDs, get an analog to digital converter and rip your albums, go to HDTracks, Super Hi-Res, Onkyo, at other sites, and download what they offer and you also want.
    Bud

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    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon for source, Denali 2000 (2) for amps
    Shunyata Z Anaconda XLR analog ICs, Z Anaconda speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables
    Revelation Audio Cryo-Silver Reference DB-25 umbilical power cable for preamp modules

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,495
    I only have a dozen SACDs so not much of an issue there. I will be keeping my Oppo for movies. Most, if not all, of the 600or so LP’s I have are available on cd, so I should be able to find FLAC downloads for these. I have another 100 or so cds to rip, and those I will do myself.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono twin chassis phono preamplifier, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, Pioneer PDD 9MkII SACD Player, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo BDP-95 Bluray, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,860
    I use HDTracks from time to time. I run an Oppo 103 with attached usb external HDD, and my benchmark DAC2.
    Source: Oppo BDP-103/USB HDD | Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2L | Power Amp: Parasound HCA-1500A | Speakers: PSB Imagine T2 | Cables: Kimber Hero/8TC; DH Labs D-75 | AC Power: Panamax M5300-PM
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,668
    edited October 24
    It's SOOOO much cheaper to just by the CD (especially used) and rip it on your computer. I rip em and put em in storage. If anything ever happens I've got a hard copy.

    Now, if iTunes or amazon offered cd quality flac downloads at the same price as the current MP3 downloads, I would be tempted. But honestly, with TiDAL I don't purchase much music anymore. I have done the math, and at $20 a month, it would take me something like 30-40 years to build a 5000 album collection...so its tidal for me!
    HT Rig:
    Yamaha RX-A1010; Parasound HCA-1000a; Arcam rDac; Mains: PSB Imagine Mini + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, Dynaudio Emit 10, NHT Super One CI, ACI Titan subwoofer, FireTV, Arcam rDac; Bryson BPD-1
  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,457
    Tidal for me as well. I still buy lots of vinyl, but cds are dead to me. I plan to burn all cds to a hard drive and run them off my Aries. Any music I can’t get on tidal, or buy on vinyl I will purchase CDs and burn them. The flac downloads are expensive! I can get new cds for under 10 bucks and have a hard copy as mentioned by rooftop. I will be keeping my CD player just in case.
    2 channel:
    Bryston 4B3, Bryston BDA3, Cary SLP03, Shanling CDT1000SE with parts conneXion level 2 mods, Nottingham analogue ace space 294, soundsmith Carmen MKii , Eastern Electric minimax phono pre, Core power technologies balanced power conditioner, Akiko Corelli power conditioner with Akiko Audio HQ power cable, Nordost heimdall 2, Frey 2, interconnects, speaker and power cables, Focal Electra 1028 BE 2, Auralic Aries mini, Black diamond racing cones, ingress audio level 1 roller blocks, JL Audio E110 with Auralic subdude, Primacoustics room treatments.
    Theater:
    Focal Aria 926,905,CC900, SVS PB ultra x2. Pioneer Elite SC85, Oppo BDP93, Panamax M5400PM, Minix neox6, Nordost Blue heaven LS power cables.

  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,122
    mikeyb128 wrote: »
    The flac downloads are expensive!

    Yes, they are. I buy the occasional FLAC download from HDtracks when they have a 20% off sale. This knocks the price down from $17.98 to $14.38. I also only buy hi-rez downloads. It doesn't make sense to pay $14 to $18 for a 44.1K/16 bit download when redbook CDs are under $10.
    I am finding I am able to enjoy my system more often without the constraints placed upon my time by physical media. That and the 20k plus tied up in gear could go towards other things I enjoy, like a college fund for my son....

    Since February 2017, my turntable has been residing in a closet and I don't miss it one bit. I can envision selling it sometime next year...after I'm sure there are no classic vinyl jazz masterpieces that I overlooked.

    "So hot it burns Mice!"~DK
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  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 4,004
    rooftop59 wrote: »
    It's SOOOO much cheaper to just by the CD (especially used) and rip it on your computer. I rip em and put em in storage. If anything ever happens I've got a hard copy.

    Now, if iTunes or amazon offered cd quality flac downloads at the same price as the current MP3 downloads, I would be tempted. But honestly, with TiDAL I don't purchase much music anymore. I have done the math, and at $20 a month, it would take me something like 30-40 years to build a 5000 album collection...so its tidal for me!

    Quite often, Amazon sells the CD for less than the mp3 version, and then includes the mp3s for free. Win-win. You get access right away and then rip to flac a few days later.
    7.1 - polk RTi10 x 3 (LCR) : FXi3 x 2 : RTi4 x 4 : Sunfire SDS-12 : Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 : Adcom GFA-7500 : Squeezebox Touch : DIRECTV : Roku SE : Panasonic PT-AX200U PJ @ 120"
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,668
    YEP! I do that as well. Look at what’s on sale for under $10. Often get good stuff for 7-8 bucks. Who need a flac download???
    HT Rig:
    Yamaha RX-A1010; Parasound HCA-1000a; Arcam rDac; Mains: PSB Imagine Mini + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, Dynaudio Emit 10, NHT Super One CI, ACI Titan subwoofer, FireTV, Arcam rDac; Bryson BPD-1
  • Nesmith98Nesmith98 Posts: 27
    My local library has a very large collection of CD's. These can be borrowed and copied for free. You may have a library near you that has a good selection of the music of your liking. They also have an extensive audio book selection too that i will borrow and copy. I figure they use my tax dollars to buy these CD's so I might as well use them.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,338
    When I think of 'FLAC download' I think of better than CD quality. The newer stuff especially is digitally recorded at higher than CD rates. I bought Marilyn Manson's The Pale Emperor CD, and ripped it. Later HDTracks offered it at 44/24. I was amazed how much better that was than the 44/16 rip.
    Bud

    Lumin S1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-20 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon for source, Denali 2000 (2) for amps
    Shunyata Z Anaconda XLR analog ICs, Z Anaconda speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables
    Revelation Audio Cryo-Silver Reference DB-25 umbilical power cable for preamp modules

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,668
    BlueFox wrote: »
    When I think of 'FLAC download' I think of better than CD quality. The newer stuff especially is digitally recorded at higher than CD rates. I bought Marilyn Manson's The Pale Emperor CD, and ripped it. Later HDTracks offered it at 44/24. I was amazed how much better that was than the 44/16 rip.

    Ah, well I guess that's understandable. I tend to think that MP3 as compressed or "lossy" file, and FLAC as a compressed yet "lossless" file. So whatever the original file, with FLAC that is what you get. Obviously that can be hi-rez, but since most of us who have gone digital rip our CDs to FLAC files, that is what comes to mind at first to me.

    So I think:

    1. Hi-REZ
    2. FLAC (CD quality)
    3. MP3

    1 and 2 are both lossless and can both be FLAC files right?
    HT Rig:
    Yamaha RX-A1010; Parasound HCA-1000a; Arcam rDac; Mains: PSB Imagine Mini + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, Dynaudio Emit 10, NHT Super One CI, ACI Titan subwoofer, FireTV, Arcam rDac; Bryson BPD-1
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,338
    Yes, 1 and 2 are lossless, and, I believe, FLAC can also be done as a lossy rip, depending upon the setting.
    Bud

    Lumin S1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-20 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon for source, Denali 2000 (2) for amps
    Shunyata Z Anaconda XLR analog ICs, Z Anaconda speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables
    Revelation Audio Cryo-Silver Reference DB-25 umbilical power cable for preamp modules

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 4,004
    Technically, they're all lossless vs analog... ;)
    7.1 - polk RTi10 x 3 (LCR) : FXi3 x 2 : RTi4 x 4 : Sunfire SDS-12 : Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040 : Adcom GFA-7500 : Squeezebox Touch : DIRECTV : Roku SE : Panasonic PT-AX200U PJ @ 120"
    5.1 - Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800 x 4 : ProCenter 1000 : Klipsch Sub-10 : Pioneer Elite SC-91: DIRECTV : LG OLED55B6P : Roku Premiere+
    Garage Duty - polk Monitor 10s : Pioneer A-717 Integrated Amp : Squeezebox Classic
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 3,668
    mdaudioguy wrote: »
    Technically, they're all lossless vs analog... ;)

    What??? Records hold more data than cds. I also think that tapes were lossless? @mhardy6647???
    HT Rig:
    Yamaha RX-A1010; Parasound HCA-1000a; Arcam rDac; Mains: PSB Imagine Mini + MartinLogan Dynamo (original) sub; Center - Def Tech Procenter 1000; Heights, Center Surround - Klipsch KHC - 6 In-Ceiling; Surrounds - Monoprice in-ceiling; Sub - SVS PB10-ISD; Sony BDP-S390, FireTV gen 2

    Master Bedroom
    Marantz SR-5007; Audiosource Amp Two, Dynaudio Emit 10, NHT Super One CI, ACI Titan subwoofer, FireTV, Arcam rDac; Bryson BPD-1
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 9,338
    Yes, records (vinyl) have a lot more data than CDs. Hiss, pops, crackle, rumble, and other data are missing from CDs. That is why vinyl cost a lot more than CDs. :)
    Bud

    Lumin S1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-20 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon for source, Denali 2000 (2) for amps
    Shunyata Z Anaconda XLR analog ICs, Z Anaconda speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables
    Revelation Audio Cryo-Silver Reference DB-25 umbilical power cable for preamp modules

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • jeremymarcinkojeremymarcinko Posts: 2,749
    Don’t forget that most of the new music on vinyl over the last 20 years was still digitally recorded and mastered. Also the lathe used to cut the mold is digitally operated so you’re not getting an original analog signal anyway just a digitally recreated one pressed in vinyl.

    May as well just have a good DAC to do that for you.

    And no vinyl doesn’t have near the information lossless digital has. It needs to reduce the dynamic range to about 70% of what the cd counterpart has, the bass has to be reduced because the needle can’t track such a wide wave length. Arguably the bass sounds better with vinyl but that is attributed to the added vibration the wide groove causes and could be described as distortion.
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  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,667
    I might have a source of FLAC files for you. Will send by PM.
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
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