Back when I first became interested in digital music, I bought some hi-res versions of albums I had owned for most of my life and still enjoyed listening to. It took me a couple of years to overcome my faith that higher resolution must be better than lower and realize how bad these recordings really are.
Three that stand out in this regard are the 24/192 versions of Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed, and Love’s Forever Changes. All, coincidentally or not, were purchased from HDTracks.
What really amazes me is how long it took to recognize that what I was hearing just wasn’t right. I had an inkling of it from the start, I suppose, but it wasn’t until I got solidly into good headphones that it became clear to me. And the problems weren’t just at the high end of the spectrum; even the drums on Forever Changes were hard to listen to.
One interesting aspect of this is that not only did my old ripped 16/44 versions sound better, but so did 24/96 versions (coincidentally, or not, from Qobuz, although each of the latter were supposedly remastered versions of fairly recent vintage.)
Please don’t think this is an attempt to troll HDTracks. It’s not. I have some 24/192 recordings from them that are quite good: the Band’s Music from Big Pink is excellent, for example
Anyway, I think twice now before automatically going for the highest res version. Sometimes that works out; often it doesn’t. Any of you have similar experiences?