August 28, 2013 - Citing demands from his customers, Acoustic Sounds’ founder and CEO Chad Kassem announced that the on-line audiophile music store will offer downloads of music in a wide variety of genres. Initially, downloads will be in the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format, which is used to master Super Audio CDs (SACDs). Opening on August 28, 2013, a special Web site, www.superhirez.com, will offer the music from leading music companies.
In a press release, Kassem said “We’re excited to be the first to offer mainstream albums from leading music companies using the DSD format on a Web site that’s optimized for simplicity and ease of use. Those who haven’t heard the music they love in this high-resolution format are going to be amazed at the experience.”
The press release continued: “Initial DSD albums available for download will include August and Everything After by Counting Crows, Come Away with Me by Norah Jones, A Love Supreme by John Coltrane, Tea for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens, Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits, and more. Users will be able to access these titles from a site that’s convenient to navigate via an easy-to-use GUI. A detailed, yet simple-to-use tutorial is also available to assist first-time users.”
Coming soon will be DSD releases of Acoustic Sounds’ remastered RCA Living Stereo albums, which have received extensive critical acclaim. These classical recordings of some of the best orchestras and conductors of all time are considered some of the true gems of the recorded repertoire, and will be available on LPs and SACDs as well as on downloads. While many DSD recordings available so far have been mostly classical, Acoustic Sounds will offer a wide variety of music in different genres, presenting DSD recordings to a wider audience.
While initial releases will be in the high-end DSD format, later on recordings in PCM formats will be added to the list of available downloads.
Pricing will begin at $24.99 per album. When they become available, PCM recordings will be available at $24.99 or lower, depending on the sampling rate.
The Absolute Sound will feature a major article on DSD in a future issue.
ABOUT ACOUSTIC SOUNDS
Headquartered in Salina, Kan., Acoustic Sounds, Inc. is the worldwide leader in audiophile recordings. Owned by CEO Chad Kassem, the 27-year-old company provides the largest selection of highest-quality music in a variety of formats—from vinyl LPs and Super Audio CDs to digital downloads—all designed to exceed the expectations of audiophiles in almost 80 genres. The company owns its own record pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, and operates three different brands of record presses. Acoustic Sounds also owns and operates its own vinyl reissue label (Analogue Productions), an original production label (APO Records), and its own recording studio (Blue Heaven Studios, a converted church). The company has also hosted the annual “Blues Masters at the Crossroads” festival in Salina for the past 15 years.