When TVs and cinemas started running movies and other video on high-definition, it changed the game. Equally revolutionary for music aficionados, is high-resolution audio! Musicians (live or electronic) put in a lot of effort to make their tracks sound crisp and clear. Whether they’re recording in the studio or producing on a computer, they know how vital the acoustics and mastering is. Most listeners allow these efforts to go to waste, but what is also sad is that they aren’t making the most of the quality of music that is available to them.
Capturing every nuance from the original recording, hi-res audio allows you to experience the depth and breadth of each note along with the subtleties of each instrument. The higher the bit rate, the more accurately the signal is measured. An ordinary audio CD will have a 44.1 kHz frequency. High resolution audio begins at 192 kHz, only getting better with 384 kHz, 2.8MHz, 5.6 Mhz and so on. The types of high-res audio include FLAC – Free Lossless Audio Codec; ALAC – Apple Lossless Audio Codec; WAV – Waveform Audio File Format; DSD – Direct Stream Digital and AIFF – Audio Interchange File Format.
If you really care about your music, it might be time to splurge this weekend. No, not at clubs or bars, but with the way you listen to your music. Be warned though, because once you go high-resolution, you cannot go back! Here’s a list of audio players, that support the aforementioned formats and can take your audio experience to the next level and will be worth the splurge:
Sony Walkman NWZ-A17
Astell & Kern AK Jr.
Let’s not forget that to experience such rich sounds, one will obviously require equally high-res headphones. More on that in next week’s edition of Splurge Saturdays!