Music in high resolution quality
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Music in high resolution quality

Cheryl Schlatter
Zurich, on 01.03.2016
While streaming services already offer subscriptions for music in high-resolution quality, not all audio devices are equipped with the technology to play it back. We've taken a closer look at three streaming services and a suitable product to go with it so you can start enjoying high resolution audio.

Streaming music is trending and it’s hardly surprising – against a humble monthly fee, various online services provide access to millions of songs and radio stations. You’ll be able to discover new music and save playlists without cluttering your smartphone’s memory. The only downside: The music is extremely compressed, so we're dealing with relatively poor music quality. For all lovers of that good old hi-fi sound, high resolution audio now offers the possibility to also enjoy digital songs in lossless quality – just as the artist intended.

We've looked at three different streaming services for high-resolution music as well as at matching audio products. High resolution audio is only worth it if you’ve got excellent equipment to play it on. What’s more, some streaming services are only available in high-resolution quality on selected audio products.

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Deezer

Deezer exclusively offers the “Elite” premium subscription for Sonos – it has a transfer rate of 16Bit/44.1kHz. Their 30-day free trial is a great way of trying out the service, enjoying music in CD quality and browsing over 40 million tracks. Price per month: CHF 19.50

Find out how to enjoy "Deezer Elite" here .

Perfectly adjust your Sonos speakers to the room with Trueplay:

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Tidal

The "TIDAL HiFi" subscription features a transfer rate of 16Bit/44.1 kHz for music in CD quality and access to over 40 million tracks, music videos and pre-releases. See for yourself with a 30-day trial period. Price per month: CHF 25.99

MP3 players
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X7 (32GB, Black, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth)
FiiO X7 (32GB, Black, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth)

No compromises throughout the audio chain: The specially developed music player app that supports lossless music formats and plays music from streaming services via wi-fi.

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Qobuz

With the “Sublim” subscription, Qobuz music streaming provides hi-res with 25Bit/96kHz – that’s even better than CD quality – and gives you access to 30 million tracks. Price per month in Swiss francs: Approx. CHF 20.20

Multiroom systems
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Wireless Audio Multiroom R1 & M3 Bundle (Black)
Samsung Wireless Audio Multiroom R1 & M3 Bundle (Black)

Connect the R1 wirelessly to the M3 and enjoy an absolute all-round experience throughout the house. Just play the same song in different rooms or play something different in each room.

The bottom line

The range of high resolution audio depends on the subscription and covers anything from regular CD quality with 16Bit/44.1kHz to studio quality with 24Bit/192kHz. However, the better the quality, the harder it is to hear the difference in quality. Even audiophiles and audio pros do not necessarily agree when it comes to the limits of humans’ sense of hearing. Therefore, we suggest trusting your own ears. After all, it is your individual acoustic experience that is of primary importance.

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Cheryl Schlatter
Cheryl Schlatter
Junior Editor, Zurich
Being creative is my number one passion – from cooking to shopping to home decorating and as a member of the marketing team. High-energy sports like snowboarding, wakeboarding or surfing push me to my limits. Electronic beats blow my mind.

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