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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.
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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