I tried out the Origin’s HD Certifier for the first time today. Here are a few results:
I recently purchased the 24/96 download of The Flower Kings’ Back in the World of Adventures remaster. Some people had speculated that the original recording from 1995 was done with 16 bit digital technology. Sure enough, the HD Certifier noted that the frequency limit was just short of 22khz and labeled it a “Dubious HD Recording” with a bandwidth that was “Not HD”. However, the HD Certifier does claim that the bit depth is HD. Can anyone explain the significance of that last finding?
Rush’s Moving Pictures was one of the first albums to be mixed with digital technology, which was 16 bit. The hi res version were allegedly created by transferring the digital master to analog tape and then converting the analog playback to 24/96 or 24/48 digital. This makes all hi res versions of the album fraudulent. However, the HD Certifier gave readings of “Confirmed HD recording” to both the Sector 2 version and the 40th Anniversary version. Perhaps it was picking up noise from the analog tape and interpreting it as music? The Sector 2 version, which is a 24/96 download, had a sharp drop off at 22 hz, perhaps indicating the end point of the original recording.
I looked at the title track from Molly Tuttle’s recent Crooked Tree album, an all digital 24/96 recording. It came back as a “Confirmed HD recording” with frequency response up to the expected 48 khz.
Has anyone else here been using this tool?