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HiRes Download - test bench

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!

To download audio files username: 2L and password: 2L is requested.

Our brand new 2L music store combines HiRes audio files and physical products in one shop! All our albums originally recorded in DXD are now available in a wide range of resolutions, including DXD, DSD64 and DSD128, along with physical products like CD, SACD, Pure Audio Blu-ray and vinyl. The shop interface is kind of a "v0.9 open beta"; fully functional, but still improving in layout and functionality day by day. Give it a try and let us know what you think! www.2L.no/shop

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.

Performer   From the album Stereo
DXD
24BIT/352.8kHz
Stereo
FLAC
24BIT/192kHz
Stereo
FLAC
24BIT/96kHz
Surround
5.1 FLAC
24BIT/96kHz
Stereo DFF
DSD 128
5.6448Mbit/s
Stereo DFF
DSD 64
2.8224Mbit/s
Surround 5.1
DSD 64
2.8224Mbit/s

Original
Source
ALL files

Mozart: Violin concerto in D major - Allegro
Marianne Thorsen / TrondheimSolistene
9:24 MOZART (2L-038-SACD) 1.0 GB 338 MB 171 MB 470 MB 581 MB 274 MB 880 MB DXD
Ola Gjeilo: North Country II
Ola Gjeilo
5:13 Stone Rose (2L-048-SACD)     81 MB 205 MB       96 kHz
Beethoven: Sonate 32 - Maestoso
Tor Espen Aspaas (solo piano)
9:56 MIRROR CANON (2L-049-SACD) 1.1 GB 338 MB 139 MB 397 MB   269 MB   DXD
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op. 4
TrondheimSolistene
3:01 DIVERTIMENTI (2L-050-SABD)
344 MB 106 MB 51 MB 135 MB 190 MB 83 MB 295 MB DXD
Haydn: String Quartet in D, Op. 76, No. 5 - Finale - Presto
Engegårdkvartetten
3:36 STRING QUARTETS: Haydn/Solberg/Grieg (2L-053-SACD) 407 MB 139 MB 67 MB 175 MB   107 MB   DXD
Vivaldi: Recitative and Aria from Cantata RV 679, "Che giova il sospirar, povero core"
Tone Wik & Barokkanerne (period instruments)
4:03 Bellezza Crudel - VIVALDI (2L-056 SACD) 432 MB 145 MB 74 MB 189 MB 215 MB 101 MB 330 MB DXD
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
Iver Kleive (church organ)
3:09 deUSYNLIGE (2L-066-SACD)     51 MB 132 MB       96 kHz
Ole Bull: Concerto Fantastico: 1. Allegro Affetuoso
ANNAR FOLLESØ & NORWEGIAN RADIO ORCHESTRA
8:17 OLE BULL Violin Concertos (2L-067-SABD) 970 MB 365 MB 152 MB 377 MB 520 MB 250 MB 790 MB DXD
BEETHOVEN Op. 74 “Harp”: Poco Adagio - Allegro
Engegårdkvartetten
9:27 STRING QUARTETS: Beethoven/Nordheim/Bartok (2L-071-SACD) 1.1 GB 345 MB 169 MB 450 MB   200 MB   DXD
Krambupolka
Gjermund Larsen & TrondheimSolistene
4:05

TRONDHEIMSOLISTENE - in folk style (2L-068-SABD)

495 MB 165 MB 87 MB 216 MB   128 MB   DXD
Finzi: Come Away, Death
Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzo soprano
Sergej Osadchuk, piano
3:38

Come Away, Death (2L-064-SACD)

442 MB 126 MB 59 MB 147 MB   110 MB   DXD
Groven: Undring
Sigmund Groven, harmonica
Iver Kleive, organ
3:22

harmOrgan (2L-077-SABD)

417 MB 137 MB 68 MB 166 MB 215 MB 104 MB 330 MB DXD
Ola Gjeilo: Ubi Caritas - piano improvisation
Ola Gjeilo
4:16

Ola Gjeilo - Piano Improvisations (2L-082)

322 MB 142 MB 60 MB 150 MB   125 MB 410 MB DXD
Ståle Kleiberg: Eat! Drink!
from opera-oratoria "David and Bathsheba"
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra / Kaljuste
4:41

Kleiberg: David and Bathsheba (2L-084)

400 MB 181 MB 88 MB 215 MB   144 MB   DXD
Eugène Bozza: Children's Overture
The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces
5:27

La Voie Triomphale (2L-086)

448 MB 202 MB 98 MB 250 MB 345 MB 166 MB 520 MB DXD
Bøhren/Åserud: Blågutten
HOFF ensemble
3:57

Quiet Winter Night - an acoustic jazz project (2L-087)

331 MB 148 MB 68 MB 168 MB 252 MB 167 MB 380 MB DXD
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
SOUVENIR de Florence op. 70: I. Allegro con spirito
TrondheimSolistene
6:47

SOUVENIR - part II (2L-090C)

935 MB 436 MB 223 MB 552 MB 714 MB 350 MB 1 GB DXD
Jan Gunnar Hoff: LIVING
Jan Gunnar Hoff
5:45

Jan Gunnar Hoff - LIVING (2L-092)

470 MB 210 MB 90 MB 230 MB 375 MB 190 MB 550 MB DXD
Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor D. 810, Death and the Maiden: III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
Oslo String Quartet
3:46

Oslo String Quartet - The Schubert Connection (2L-093)

310 MB 140 MB 70 MB 175 MB 240 MB 120 MB 360 MB DXD
 
The track order of all 5.1 surround files follows the standard as defined by SMPT/EBU and implemented by SourceForge in FLAC (v. 1.2.1b): L – R – C – Lfe – Ls - Rs flac.sourceforge.net
 
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The music captured by 2L features Norwegian composers and performers and an international repertoire reflected in the Nordic atmosphere. The surround sound recordings of Lindberg Lyd not only transform the entire listening experience, but also - more radically - these innovative recordings overturn some very basic concepts regarding how music is played and even composed. 2L emphasize surround sound with Pure Audio Blu-ray and HiRes file distribution, and have garnered no less than 14 American GRAMMY nominations since 2006.

2L record in spacious acoustic venues: large concert halls, churches and cathedrals. This is actually where we can make the most intimate recordings. The qualities we seek in large rooms are not necessarily a big reverb, but openness due to the absence of close reflecting walls. Making an ambient and beautiful recording is the way of least resistance. Searching the fine edge between direct contact and openness - that’s the real challenge! A really good recording should be able to bodily move the listener. This core quality of audio production is made by choosing the right venue for the repertoire, and by balancing the image in the placement of microphones and musicians relative to each other in that venue.

There is no method available today to reproduce the exact perception of attending a live performance. That leaves us with the art of illusion when it comes to recording music. As recording engineers and producers we need to do exactly the same as any good musician: interpret the music and the composer’s intentions and adapt to the media where we perform. Surround sound is a completely new conception of the musical experience. Recorded music is no longer a matter of a fixed two-dimensional setting, but rather a three-dimensional enveloping situation. Stereo can be described as a flat canvas, while surround sound is a sculpture that you can literally move around and relate to spatially; surrounded by music you can move about in the aural space and choose angles, vantage points and positions.