Amazon Music HD launches with two lossless audio options in four countries

18 September 2019
HD quality gets you 16-bit 44.1KHz with lossless encoding. Ultra HD pushes that up to 24-bit 192KHz.

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  • MusicLover32

Lossless music sounds garbage without proper AMP and Headphones. Wireless forget it I tried streaming 24 bit over LDAC on Sony 1000xm3 not a good experience but with proper DAC and AMP it's heavenly.

  • FreedaBees

Lossless music you can enjoy listening to on your wireless earbuds. Oh, wait...

  • FreedaBees

Lossless music you can enjoy listening to on your wireless earbuds. Oh, wait...

Anonymous, 18 Sep 2019I doubt people will use their LTE to download their full playlist I would as I have unlimited (truly with no throttling).
But yeah, most people will not do that.

More carriers need to realise we need more GB and full speed which doesn't include any limits. I'm just glad we never had those limits like tethering.

  • kmcmurtrie

Laurence James, 18 Sep 2019There is zero point in anything above 16bit 44.1Khz. Human heari... more"CD quality" 44.1kHz sampling at 16 bits is good enough but it doesn't leave much room for error. Lossy codecs mangle the high end. Bad digital-to-analog conversion can cause noticeable high-end loss or aliasing artifacts. The higher bit-rates are a bit of padding to protect against damage. It's a band-aid for a world where most devices favor price and spec sheets over actual correctness.

Of course all of this is pointless the moment you playback through Bluetooth headphones. I haven't yet heard a lossy codec that doesn't mangle some specific song. I've given up on buying AAC and MP3 music because I end up having to re-purchase some of them in FLAC anyways. AAC turns lost details into a fuzzy hiss while MP3 tends to squeal or chirp. Some BT codecs have a reverb buzz to them, like echoes from an opened tin can.

  • Shob

And here is the best use for the 1TB phones, things are getting larger, Files, Music, Videos, and Games.

  • Mike

Laurence James, 18 Sep 2019There is zero point in anything above 16bit 44.1Khz. Human heari... moreYes and no. The biggest problem with UHD audio files is when proper eq roll off for high frequencies is not applied so dynamics from those ultra high frequencies spill over the high frequencies we can hear and feel (sound is not about hearing tones but about feeling as well). If proper eqing is done then there is no reason to worry.

Now onto the ultra high frequencies and bitrate. What this does is fill in the sound information that in normal CD quality would be filled in by the noise. Have you ever watched 4K movie on 1080p screen and came to conclusion that it looks better than 1080p version of the movie although you are viewing it on the same TV? You can't point the finger why it looks better cause picture quality is about the same but you perceive the difference anyhow. That's exactly what happens when you play UHD music file on any mobile phone or ipod that has super crappy DAC built in. Higher resolution audio helps crappy audio chips to play music at better quality. Can you point the finger at what's better? No, but you can feel the stage is bigger because there is more information.

Very few people can listen UHD on proper audio equipment chainflow cause it's super expensive just like high end UHD TVs from LG or Sony. Only few people are willing to spend $700 on a proper portable music player let alone couple of grand on stationary headphone house setup to enjoy HD Audio. Most of the people listen to their music on crappy phones and Bluetooth and UHD streaming will help just a tad bit about that.

Also keep in mind that so far very few portable audio devices offer streaming services so listening to a quality stream on quality portable equipment has been quite a stretch so far. There are few players that have Android (which itself is a liability in sound reproduction) and there is Sony which streams audio signal from your phone to Walkman using LDAC. Quite a workaround.

Ios wins handsdown. Thank you amazon.. now I can use my fiio dac with my ipad and get great quality streams for my Hd650 on the go

  • Laurence James

There is zero point in anything above 16bit 44.1Khz. Human hearing simply can't hear any higher than 20-22Khz.

Source: www.soundguys.com/high-bitrate-audio-is-overkill­-cd-quality-is-still-great-16518

Dometalican, 18 Sep 2019LG has had quad Dacs in their phones for years. Apple does not. ... moreIt is not about the onboard DACs, but the rivalry between Amazon and Google. At some point Amazon removed all Google products from its store, then they seemingly reconciled but the feud is still ongoing underneath.

  • Anonymous

Deezer already offers HD loseloss audio with more tracks (nearly 60 million) then amazon and spotify and in more then 183 countries

vrvly, 18 Sep 2019If you care enough to pay for lossless, why use bt. Think dlna s... moreFinally, someone with common sense. Lossless and Bluetooth never go together in one sentence.

This probably won't offset the loss from the poor processing pipeline these streaming players use.

  • Anonymous

forroati, 18 Sep 2019Let's hope Spotify and Google get inspired too after this announcementSpotify should offer lossless audio, yeah. I'd definitely upgrade my plan.

If you care enough to pay for lossless, why use bt. Think dlna should work. Another option is wire.

  • theStick

Luckily i live in China and i can get all this for just 1 dollar a month thanks to qq music app

Let's hope Spotify and Google get inspired too after this announcement

X41, 18 Sep 20195g says hiYes I got that call. 5G said Hi, sorry I'm late. I'm only halfway there, still trying to define myself. Don't expect me to be there until next year, and I'll only be available in a few places for a few, new devices also there next year so please don't wait for me. Bye.

  • Anonymous

I'm glad my LG V30 has internal DAC. Can't wait till it arrives in Aus

ProJames-CHM, 18 Sep 2019So, with this app you can drain your 15GB data allotment in... 5... more5g says hi