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post Dec 8 2012, 06:20
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I ran across this comment on an article on Neil Young's Pono thing:

QUOTE (hypebot.com user HDAudioPlus1)
I'd like to introduce another alternative to "HDTracks" and "Pono"- HDAudioPlus 320.48KHz "audiophile mp3".

Nearly 20 years in development and created especially for Classical music, HDAudioPlus delivers all of the the audio quality of hi-rez - and more - minus the bulk. By packing our "not-mp3" codec into the mp3 envelope, we can keep file size to a bare minimum.

But here's the best part:

HDAudioPlus doesn't require ANY special player, device, or software WHATSOEVER.

It was designed to PLAY ON ANY DEVICE on ANY PLATFORM - Windows PC AND Apple!

Too good to be true?

Hearing is believing: Check out our stunning MTV-style Demo Gallery on Vimeo


Likewise, please visit our commercial R+D website for documentation and "before and after" evaluation files remastered in HDAudioPlus (available for download) in all genres:


Last but not least, chill out and tune in to our Baroque Classical radio station broadcast in breathtaking 320.48KHz Baroque 24/7 http://baroque247.com.

Paula Wertheim
Executive Director-HDAudioPlus, Israel

This is so pitiful that I almost feel bad for singling her out, but apparently she's trying to sell a product so I think that qualifies it as fair game. Never mind the typos and bad grammar and the mind-boggling claim of "FACT: Music that sounds better, sells better." Just listen to the comparison MP3s on the site. I'll hide this next bit in case you don't want the surprise of the sound spoiled.

It sounds like she ran it through some terrible "enhancement" of the caliber that comes with something like Windows Media Player that boosts the bass and treble while dynamic range compressing quite heavily, and resamples to 48kHz (because that's obviously going to improve on that CD source). And somehow she's deluded herself into thinking this sounds better and is worth money. Just listen to it on the fade at the end of the samples! It doesn't take an audiophile to tell that's bad.

I doubt anyone on this forum would have any experience with a processor of that level, but does anyone have any idea what exactly was done here? Maybe it's even good software that's been abused.
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post Dec 8 2012, 11:17
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Jesus, I couldn't listen to it for more than a few seconds. It sounds awful.

I wonder what speakers/headphones they used.
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post Dec 8 2012, 11:30
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QUOTE (ErnestS @ Dec 8 2012, 18:17) *
Jesus, I couldn't listen to it for more than a few seconds. It sounds awful.
I wonder what speakers/headphones they used.

Same, but the original was equally as bad, as if the sample was 96kbps MP3s...
I only listened to one though, anymore and I'd have a headache...
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- _if   HDaudioplus "Audiophile MP3 for the 21st Century" site   Dec 8 2012, 06:20
- - ErnestS   Jesus, I couldn't listen to it for more than a...   Dec 8 2012, 11:17
|- - Seren   QUOTE (ErnestS @ Dec 8 2012, 18:17) Jesus...   Dec 8 2012, 11:30
- - Nessuno   I listened to Charpentier's Te Deum samples an...   Dec 8 2012, 13:38
- - hlloyge   This has to be a joke.   Dec 8 2012, 15:04
|- - eahm   QUOTE (hlloyge @ Dec 8 2012, 07:04) This ...   Dec 8 2012, 19:35
- - extrabigmehdi   I don't know I enjoy a slight reverb, and li...   Dec 8 2012, 20:09
- - Batman321   It sounds like those crappy DFX enhancers for Wina...   Dec 8 2012, 20:57
- - gregs1104   This takes me right back to when I had a Hughes AK...   Dec 16 2012, 02:27
- - soundping   Just listened to the samples.. Not impressed at a...   Dec 16 2012, 19:29
- - Neuron   The "HD" sample has a sharp 15 Khz cutof...   Dec 16 2012, 22:14
- - Woodinville   Wow. Just wow. No idea what it is offhand, not go...   Dec 22 2012, 13:13
|- - Kees de Visser   To my (classical) ears this is murder in the first...   Dec 22 2012, 15:52
- - Woodinville   Ok, I listened to that. It sounds like 3-band com...   Dec 23 2012, 08:40
- - LithosZA   The originals sound soooooooooo much better than t...   Dec 23 2012, 10:18
|- - Kohlrabi   QUOTE (LithosZA @ Dec 23 2012, 10:18) The...   Dec 23 2012, 12:27
- - ktf   The website it claims to be a subsidiary of (http:...   Dec 23 2012, 15:34
|- - Woodinville   QUOTE (ktf @ Dec 23 2012, 06:34) The webs...   Dec 27 2012, 22:56
|- - Neuron   QUOTE (Woodinville @ Dec 27 2012, 22:56) ...   Jan 8 2013, 17:08
- - _if   My guess is it's supposed to say 48kHz, becaus...   Jan 8 2013, 11:08
|- - rick.hughes   QUOTE (_if @ Jan 8 2013, 05:08) ...Remind...   Jan 8 2013, 14:50
|- - _if   I seriously question if there are any departments ...   Jan 8 2013, 23:29
- - greynol   I imagine this is yet another case of a technicall...   Jan 8 2013, 15:13
|- - BFG   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 8 2013, 08:13) I ima...   Jan 8 2013, 19:26
- - Rotareneg   Damn, I guess I need to get better speakers then...   Jan 8 2013, 17:47

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