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Old 18-09-19, 01:23 PM
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Amazon Launches Music HD Streaming for Higher Quality Audio

Both "HD" and "Ultra HD" audio quality levels will be available to users.



Read more about Amazon's Music HD service.

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Old 18-09-19, 02:58 PM
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Nobody calls it "HD". It's Hi-Fi for audio. That drives me crazy.

Wouldn't use it it's expensive. I will stick to Tidal. They already offer the highest quality Master tracks
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Old 18-09-19, 06:33 PM
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I have both Tidal and Amazon...

Amazon is actually referring to high-res audio as "UHD" which...makes me cringe too. BUT, Tidal only has about 7,000 high-res (better than CD quality) tracks available, while Amazon is touting over 1 million. Bit more to offer! Now, I will say that the UI through my BluOS device is a bit of a trainwreck on Amazon...but the sound quality is there, it's cheaper, and it has a larger library. So I will most likely kill my Tidal subscription and stick with Amazon.
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Old 18-09-19, 06:35 PM
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The use of ”HD” is for more common terms, as like myself, didn’t know it was ”Hi-Fi” for audio, untill you wrote it...
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Amazon is actually referring to high-res audio as "UHD" which...makes me cringe too. BUT, Tidal only has about 7,000 high-res (better than CD quality) tracks available, while Amazon is touting over 1 million. Bit more to offer! Now, I will say that the UI through my BluOS device is a bit of a trainwreck on Amazon...but the sound quality is there, it's cheaper, and it has a larger library. So I will most likely kill my Tidal subscription and stick with Amazon.
Amazon in my experience still offers lower bitrats even if the source is good. Just sounds awful. Plus looking at the store there is no current way yet to get "HD" audio and no way to tell if it is actually a Master quality track or a compressed file.

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The use of ”HD” is for more common terms, as like myself, didn’t know it was ”Hi-Fi” for audio, untill you wrote it...
It's not more common. In audio, it's always referred to as Hi-Fi and has been for decades.
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Old 18-09-19, 08:52 PM
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Amazon in my experience still offers lower bitrats even if the source is good. Just sounds awful. Plus looking at the store there is no current way yet to get "HD" audio and no way to tell if it is actually a Master quality track or a compressed file.
Yes, there IS, when I play it back on my Bluesound Node 2i, there is an icon that specifies the quality. Most tracks are "CD" but if it's high res, it's noted. And you can playback in HD quality from any BluOS device or through the desktop app.

It's not more common. In audio, it's always referred to as Hi-Fi and has been for decades.

In audio, there is not any standard for naming. High-Resolution, Hi-Res, HiFi, HD...all are used, and all are acceptable. Hifi just means "high fidelity" and doesn't equate to any specific bitrate or resolution.

I would avoid stating your OPINIONS as fact. You are, in fact, wrong, and the way you worded your response makes you sound like an ass. Just a friendly tip.
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Old 18-09-19, 08:55 PM
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The use of ”HD” is for more common terms, as like myself, didn’t know it was ”Hi-Fi” for audio, untill you wrote it...
Probably because your parents were still kids when Hi Fi came about.

There is such a thing as hi res audio. You can learn about it here.



It's limited to Japan only, IIRC, and you need a DAC that costs more than your PC to decode it properly.

As for this Amazon crap? I'm still not sold. They keep trying to get me to sub but I have enough subs for now.
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Old 18-09-19, 09:15 PM
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Yes, there IS, when I play it back on my Bluesound Node 2i, there is an icon that specifies the quality. Most tracks are "CD" but if it's high res, it's noted. And you can playback in HD quality from any BluOS device or through the desktop app.

It's not more common. In audio, it's always referred to as Hi-Fi and has been for decades.

In audio, there is not any standard for naming. High-Resolution, Hi-Res, HiFi, HD...all are used, and all are acceptable. Hifi just means "high fidelity" and doesn't equate to any specific bitrate or resolution.

I would avoid stating your OPINIONS as fact. You are, in fact, wrong, and the way you worded your response makes you sound like an ass. Just a friendly tip.
Not an opinion but thank you very much.

I went to the amazon page and found nothing of the sort on "HD" audio. No pricing plans, nothing.
Even went to songs that I know are master quality and did not get any indication of it being so. maybe... just MAYBE, it's not available yet in some locations and is a reason I am not seeing it. Must be hard to think about that when you are so busy trying to be a know it all.

So instead of saying I am an ass when in fact I am relaying information from what I am seeing, take your own advice and word responses to not make yourself look like an ass.

Hi-Fi equates to anything above CD Quality. As do the others. There is no standard except for being above 16bit/44.1khz. As since you can make whatever bit rate or hz you want, it's not standardized. The popular ones like 24bit/48khz,96khz, or 196khz could be technically standardized as they are often the only ones used. Though I have seen a 76khz album before.

Hi-Fi has been a term used forever. Suggesting I am being rude for pointing that out is laughable. Yeah there are others, but everyone I talk to always refers to it as Hi-Fi.
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https://youtu.be/D7tMy1eA9DQ

Was a big thing late 70s early 80s. Was the replacement for Mono. Well, stereo "hi fi" was.
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It's not more common. In audio, it's always referred to as Hi-Fi and has been for decades.
It was meant to say more of ”I guess it’s to be more of a ”common” term, as most things today are called HD in a way... TV channels, picture quality etc.

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Probably because your parents were still kids when Hi Fi came about.
When did it come about then? Since I doubt you’re older than my parents...
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