If you're a beginner in the world of High-Res Audio streaming, then prepare your ears for an incredible new way of listening. Most music streaming services, including Spotify, YouTube™ and VEVO, offer significantly compressed audio files, which means a steep cut in sound quality. High-Res Audio streaming is about to change the game, allowing you to take in the sounds of your favourite artists in better than CD-quality audio, while enjoying the portability and immediacy of streaming. From exploring the technology and file formats to choosing a streaming service and investing in the right hardware, this guide will help you navigate the world of High-Resolution Audio streaming the next time you press play.
What is High-Res Audio Streaming?
High-Resolution Audio is changing the way music sounds, offering a vastly superior sound quality. For High-Resolution Audio streaming beginners, it's important to understand how this audio technology works. High-Resolution Audio files use a higher sampling frequency. This means that High-Res Audio files comprise more bits, improving the accuracy of your sound and the quality of your music. The Digital Entertainment Group, Consumer Electronics Association and The Recording Agency, as well as record labels, define High-Resolution Audio as "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."
There are a number of High-Res Audio file formats available that can be enjoyed in pristine sound quality, depending on your listening device. Downloaded file formats depend on your computer operating system. The most popular file formats include FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), WAV (Waveform Audio File Format) and ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec). These file formats retain more information than MP3s, which translates to a noticeable increase in sound quality.
High-Res Audio streaming offers convenience and portability, while providing a high-quality listening experience that offers all the exhilaration of a live performance. Listen to Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Music Experience (Deluxe Version)" in High-Resolution Audio quality, and you'll observe new nuances in every beat, with the pulsing pop rhythms energizing your ears, beckoning you to dance along, no matter where you listen.
What Are Your High-Res Audio Streaming Options?
A growing number of services offer High-Res Audio downloads and streaming, including HDtracks and Qobuz. These companies provide thousands of High-Res Audio albums and singles for downloading and listening. If you're interested in streaming your favourite tracks while away from the computer or at your desk, Qobuz offers high-quality streaming for an annual subscription fee. Some High-Res Audio streaming services enable you to listen to songs across a multitude of platforms, whether streaming on a laptop or on your smartphone. Qobuz offers an app for iOS and Android devices that allows users to stream their purchases in high-res quality on the go. For the ultimate mobile listening experience, you'll want a smartphone that supports High-Res Audio and digital noise-cancelling technology like the Xperia™ Z5. Depending on your Qobuz subscription service, you can also download tracks in High-Resolution Audio file formats, enjoy entire artist catalogues in High-Resolution Audio and access exclusive musical streaming content.
For those who are new to High-Res Audio streaming, services like Qobuz are a perfect choice. Play through any of your favourite tracks and hear the difference in audio quality for yourself. With unlimited streaming of millions of artists and albums, there's something for fans of all genres to enjoy, including classical, jazz and rap.
Other Tips for Enjoying High-Res Audio Streaming?
Downloading and streaming high-res music files is a step in the right direction, but it's only one half of the equation. Equipping yourself with the right hardware to fully enjoy your High-Res Audio streaming experience is also important. From choosing the perfect pair of High-Res Audio capable headphones to a music player with enough memory to hold all your favourite songs, High-Res Audio streaming is most delightful with the right tools.
If you want to get started in the world of High-Res Audio streaming, you'll need headphones that will tune out any distractions. The h.ear on Wireless NC headphones are perfect for immersing yourself in the music, allowing you to enjoy High-Resolution Audio without any of the wires. Bluetooth® capable devices like these enable you to listen to music wirelessly and transmit data at a much higher speed than traditional Bluetooth® audio. Try listening to Bob Dylan's "Fallen Angels" album to hear the difference for yourself.
When you want to take the stream with you, there are a number of wireless speakers and portable music players to consider, whether you need to provide the soundtrack for a gathering with friends, dinner with the family or a night of dancing. For instance, let the sounds of High-Resolution Audio colour your world with the h.ear go wireless speaker. It easily fits into your lifestyle, and can stow away easily in your favourite handbag or backpack when you're on the move. And when you're ready to press play, the h.ear go wireless speaker provides High-Resolution Audio quality for all your favourite tracks and connects to online streaming services. If you're a High-Resolution Audio streaming newbie who loves dance music, the h.ear go is tailor made with EXTRA BASS to punch up the beats and bass, so you'll be ready for the dance floor.
Enjoy the Experience
Now that you know how High-Res Audio streaming works, what services offer it and the hardware you need to complete the ultimate listening experience, you're set to enjoy this latest music trend. Find a new song or rediscover an old favourite in a whole new way with the sounds of High-Resolution Audio.