The HD-Audio Challenge II has launched. Over 250 audio enthusiasts have already signed up and more are signing up everyday. Please feel free to encourage others to participate in this new research project by linking to this page. Anyone interested […]
My timing was pretty much right on. As the east coast gets hammered by frigid air and winter’s first snowfall, I was winging my way back to Los Angeles last Monday morning. I spent 10 days participating in Gary Gill’s […]
NEW YORK (PTA) — It’s the biggest news coming out of Qobuz USA since their launch in February 2019. Qobuz USA Managing Director Dan Mackta, Qobuz USA Chief Hi-Res Music Evangelist David Solomon, and the rest of the Qobuz USA team delivered a major announcement and press conference at the New York Audio Show on earlier on Friday at 2pm. So this news is extremely fresh.
Making 10-minute Vinyl discs at home? You simply can’t make this stuff up. As an alum of the Kickstarter platform, I get their promotional emails and happened to notice a new audio related campaign yesterday — and a very successful […]
An old idiom states, “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link”. As audiophiles, we are constantly striving to improve the fidelity of our playback systems by identifying the weakest links in our systems and looking at equipment […]
What is hi-res audio?
If you’re living Stateside under the tutelage of the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), hi-res audio is a PCM file with at least 20 bits of depth and a sample rate of at least 48kHz. In less technical terms: “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.” [My emphasis]
CD’s 16bit/44.1kHz falls short.
This definitive thinking dovetails with that of the Japan Audio Society whose logo is licensed to label hardware capable of decoding bit rates higher than CD’s 16 and sample rates higher than CD’s 44.1kHz.… Read the full article
And here it is, the Munich High-End rumours made real: Amazon Music has today announced the immediate availability of CD-quality streaming from its 50 million-strong song library via a new ‘HD’ subscription tier: US$14.99/month, discounted by US$2/month for Amazon Prime subscribers.
A small percentage of this same lossless library will be made available as natively streamed hi-res audio – 24bits and sample rates up to 192kHz – and without the help of MQA. Amazon is calling this content ‘Ultra HD’.
With an existing subscriber base of around 30 million users, Amazon Music is one third the size of Spotify but dwarfs all three streaming services that offer lossless tiers: Deezer (7 million subscribers); Tidal (3 million subscribers); Qobuz (0.2 million subscribers).… Read the full article
Have audiophile music streaming platforms given Amazon Music a road-map to improve their #3 position as one of the top three music streaming giants?
RALEIGH, NC (PTA) — Amazon launched a new tier for their popular music streaming platform today, called Amazon Music HD. This new Hi-Res music streaming tier is priced at $12.99 per month USD for Amazon Prime members, and $14.99 for non-Prime members. The new Amazon Music HD tier can be added to an existing Amazon Music subscription (individual or family plan) for an additional $5 per month USD.… Read the full article