notmypresident: (Joan sad)
Not to belabor a point, but it seems that the more I try to be realistic about my disability and generally poor health the more depressed I get.

I think I need to go back to living in denial. And to also avoid reality checks like New York City.

Now, Another Hot Guy.

notmypresident: (Donna Live)
I finally dipped my toes into the new world of hi-res downloads. Despite my love for all things hi-res (SACD, DVD-Audio, Blu-ray Audio, Dolby Atmos, etc.), I've been reluctant to step into this particular extension of high-end audio. My primary objection is that I prefer physical mediums, something I can both hold in my hands and something I actually own. I still distrust music corporations and highly suspect that customers will get the short end of the stick just as soon as companies think they can get away with something untoward.

Another objection is that prices for these digital downloads are — big surprise — far too expensive, usually twice the cost of buying an actual CD. Considering how companies have almost no overhead for digital downloads, current prices are simply obscene in the extreme. Add in the fact that consumers need to store the music on hard drives that run the risk of failing, there's been very little to motivate me to investigate this field even though my current Oppo 4K Blu-ray player has received raves for its hi-res playback of digital downloads. Still... I told myself that I could "justify" certain purchases if I don't currently own the music on CD.

With that in mind, my first purchase was Donna Summer's "The Dance Collection." My old CD bit the dust long ago, and I only have mp3 files of these 12-inch mixes. The difference between those files and the new FLAC lossless edition is immediately apparent, even though the sonics are still limited by the original music mastering. Still, it's an impressive beginning. It will be interesting to actually experience a download that was created entirely in the digital realm.

And now, Another Hot Guy.