Bert Oling advised me on the availability of a page on the 2L website with a lot of music files in several resolutions in demo quality. Free of charge. At the bottom of this article you find the link to this highly interesting page, but first read with us the 2L introduction:
We invite you to join us in this evaluation of future consumer delivery formats. FLAC is a lossless encoding of WAV-files derived directly from our production original used for the SACD and Pure Audio Blu-ray. All resolutions and encodings are derived from the same original DXD source files. Please send us an e-mail and share your experience on your practical experience with these file formats. Enjoy the music!
We’re now working on the worlds first in-Facebook music store that combines audio files and physical products in one shop! The applikation is still in beta-testing modus, but the shop is fully functional. More physical products like CD, SACD and Pure Audio Blu-ray are added daily. Within a few weeks we’ll add HiRes audio files in 96kHz, 192kHz and 352.8kHz, all 24bit FLAC. There wil also be surround sound 5.1 FLAC and DSD stereo in this shop: 2L music store
For Mac users this nice little program converts FLAC to ALAC preserving all meta data and album artwork. Adjust settings once and then just drag the FLAC files onto the droplet. ALAC is the Apple equivalent of FLAC and makes it possible to play back 96kHz/24bit in iTunes without any additional software: XLD format converter
Note: What really matters on a Mac OS is how the player takes control of the settings in core audio of you machine. Open up “Audio- and MIDI-settings” and show the audio window. Play files with different sample rates and bit-depth from iTunes and you will se that core audio doesn’t change. That means a sample rate conversion is taking place. Now download and run an app like the BitPerfect and make the same test. You should now observe that the core settings are actively adapted for each and every song you play in iTunes. This is what players like Amarra Music Player and Pure Music also does; they take active control and optimize the core audio settings to avoid any bad-sounding sample rate conversion.
Click here to go to the 2L webpage for your free music files! Enjoy.