Just as HDTV revolutionized our television viewing with its huge leap in picture quality, High-Res Audio is doing the same for the music we listen to. If you’re wondering if your ears really need it, just ask your eyes if they’re willing to go back to old, standard definition TV.
Whether you’re talking analog or digital, sound engineers and musicians have always pursued the highest quality recording with the technology that’s available to them. When CDs came out, they offered high quality digital sound and portability, but were limited to how much they could hold by their physical size. In contrast, the MP3s made music transfer and sharing easier than ever, but the files needed to be compressed due to storage and bandwidth limitations—leading to a significant loss in sound quality.
With the growth of High-Res Audio technology, we’ve now come full circle. By enabling digital lossless capture of original analog audio sources, it’s now possible to listen to performances exactly as the artist intended. Add in the decreasing cost of storage media, plus faster internet speeds and our ability to have music in its purest form wherever we go has never been greater.