Hi-Res Audio: same music, new experience.

Listen to music the way it was intended to be heard.

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Music lovers, you’ve got to hear this.

Introducing: High Resolution Audio. Experience your favorite music, the way it was intended to be heard.

As hi-resolution audio is taking the music industry by storm, the way high quality music is sourced, downloaded and shared has changed. Building a hi-res music library requires using different apps than what is used to purchase and play mp3 files.  The high end audio equipment used to process and source hi-res files has also evolved. Creating a library and system designed to play hi-res music requires a specific set of sources, software, connections and sound equipment. Digital to Analog Converters (DACs) play an especially significant role in transmitting quality sound.

Building a hi-res music library and choosing a system which can process hi-res sound at the highest quality requires a lot of knowledge. At Classic Stereo, we live and breathe audio. We’re excited to make new hi-res technology work for audio enthusiasts at every knowledge level.

To learn more about how to experience hi-res music in your own space, visit our Sound Desk. Play with different systems. Explore sources. Even source and play music right from your own computer or device’s library.

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What equipment do you need to play hi-res music?

It depends on how high you want the resolution and how you like to play it. Typical bluetooth and wireless network devices don’t transmit high enough resolution (24 bit / 96Hz), so it’s important that the files are sourced and connected to the audio equipment properly to pass along all the music file’s data.

Wireless streaming from online players, like Spotify and Tidal, can be done from personal computers or network devices like Sonos.

WHAT IS HI-RES AUDIO?

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How do you source hi-res digital music files?

Hi-res audio is a fairly emerging technology, so the exact resolution of hi-res music files varies depending on the artist, label and company. For example, hi-res music files of many artists can be purchased and played through JRiver’s media software, which is similar to iTunes. Paid online streaming services Tidal, Dezzer and QoBuz offer up to 1,411 kbps resolution. Downloads can be purchased from vinyl retailers and sites like HDtracks.

Ultimately, it depends on what type of music you listen to, and how you want to play it. We recommend stopping by the Sound Desk for a free consultation.

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