All this coming out and nothing available in my country...
Neil Young has a fair amount of 24bit/192khz tracks. He’s an acquired taste, but then I’ve been into his music since the 60’s. Sounds great in HiRes.
Just got my first echo device which came with the three month trial. Setup the Dot in the kitchen where I have stereo grouped Heos1s.It should also be noted that integration goes beyond just the bluesound system mentioned. The Heos system also has full integration, including access from the Heos app to the catalogue, or via the Amazon app, and plays high resolution files just fine.
I think Hi Res Audio is mostly a scam to resell existing content again and for the hifi industry to sell new DACs etc. The logic that 384 is better than 192 etc is simple, but this does not translate to better sound which is how its being presented.
This video is from a Mastering Engineer with 40 years in the business who is expert in analogue, CD and true Hi Res recording. If you are an audiophile, watching it may save you a fortune.
Here are some of his conclusions, but please subscribe at AIX and make up your own mind:-
- Experienced audio engineers listening to professional audio equipment will struggle to tell the difference between the best Hi Res and Standard Res recordings
- 95% of Hi-Res recordings are identical to Standard Res - just packaged in a bigger box
- How can a Pink Floyd recording mastered on tape now produce a Hi-Res format?
- Vinyl is inferior to CD
- Anything above 24/192 has no value even in studios
- The label “Hi Res” means nothing
- A remastered recording may sound better but it cannot be Hi Res
It’s odd to me that so much focus is placed on Hi Res, when most Hi Res content makes no measurable distance to sound quality.
In 99% of rooms, some sounds from your hifi will sound 4 times louder than others. Why isn’t there the same focus on correcting these errors which anyone will hear?
It plays gapless on phones etc, however on echo devices the gap is still there, not sure why though.There's a couple of things I want to know about Amazon Music HD:
First off, does it play gapless? One of the worst things about mp3 and streaming is when you play an album that was made with no gaps, you get breaks in the sound which I find jarring when immersed in the music. The format is supposed to be FLAC which can play gapless, but does it?
Second, with the format being encoded in FLAC, can you download the FLAC files? That's the one thing I've wished for from Amazon music. The sound of mp3 320 is good enough but I prefer to download FLAC.
I have a Marantz 7011 and have just subscribed to the 90 day free trial of Amazon HD Music.I trialled it using the HEPS app via my Marantz 7012. Yes there were tracks up to 24/192, however my bugbear is currently you cannot access your Amazon playlists and purchases via Amazon Music on HEOS.
In the HEOS app, make sure the AVR is selected.I have a Marantz 7011 and have just subscribed to the 90 day free trial of Amazon HD Music.
I’m a bit confused as to how I can get access to Ultra HD tracks on the Amazon playlist through my 7011 using the HEOS app. I only seem to be able to play tracks by using Bluetooth using Airplay, accessed from the Amazon Music app on my iPad, which is of course limited to a lower 24/48 resolution.
I rang Denon customer service this morning and they told me that at present you can’t use the HEOS app to play Ultra HD tracks through the Marantz because Amazon haven’t provided that facility to Denon as yet. Denon told me that I would have to purchase one of the HEOS speaker range to do that (I understand Bluos are an alternative?).
Any advice would be gratefully received!
I’ve done that, and when I get this page:In the HEOS app, make sure the AVR is selected.
Add amazon music to the HEOS app by going to music sources - online music. and it will allow you to search for UHD tracks.