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What Is High-Resolution Audio?

Remember not that long ago when HDTV was the hot new thing in entertainment? Now, a similar kind of revolution is underway for your ears. High-resolution audio not only offers richer, more detailed music than standard CD-quality, it's also a more accurate representation of the recording. Long story short, you get audio quality that sounds like you're right next to the artist playing the track.

For a quick definition of high-resolution audio, the Consumer Electronics Association says: "High resolution audio is lossless audio that is capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better-than-CD-quality music sources."

To further expand the definition with more technical terms, high-resolution audio refers to audio that has a higher sampling frequency and bit depth than a CD. While CDs have a frequency of 44.1kHz at 16-bit, compare that to high-resolution audio files that usually use a sampling frequency of 96kHz or 192kHz at 24-bit.

The more bits, the more accuracy you'll experience in the audio track. The higher the sampling frequency, the more samples-per-second were taken when the original analogue sound was converted into digital. The difference can be subtle but extraordinary.

High Resolution Audio is 24bits and 96 Kilo Hertz. CD resolution is 16 bits and 44.1 Kilo Hertz

What do I need to experience high-resolution audio?

You'll need two key things to experience high-resolution audio. First, you need a source. Luckily more and more streaming services are expanding their high-resolution audio libraries, making these outstanding tracks more available. Look for the high-resolution label on the track listings of your favorite online services to experience the difference. Note: there might be a slight cost increase to download a high-resolution track, and the higher bit-rate associated with each track will increase the file size. But those differences might be worth it once you hear the detail, the depth and the accuracy of a high-resolution track.

Next, you'll need hardware that's compatible with high-resolution audio files. Add a receiver to your home theater system that's ready for high-resolution playback to turn your home into a virtual sound studio. Choose a portable high-resolution player and quality headphones to take your new level of music on the go. Or, add multiroom functionality to play a different set of high-resolution tracks in every room of the house.

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Shop for High-Resolution Audio Products

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Shop for High-Resolution Audio by Brand

Maybe you already have an affinity for a specific brand and you're ready to continue your audio journey with them. Choose from the selection of high-resolution products that each brand has to offer below.