Saturday, July 13, 2024

Our ‘Pepsi Problem’ reveals what individuals actually take into consideration Hello-Res Audio

Have you ever listened to your favourite track by a pair of high-end headphones or $300 Hello-Res Audio licensed Bluetooth earbuds? Do you subscribe to Spotify’s free plan, or are you extra of a premium-tier Tidal listener? Apple has a large lossless high quality music library proper now however you in all probability don’t have the appropriate gear to completely make the most of it. Identical factor with Tidal, which is decreasing its costs beginning April tenth, making its high-resolution music extra accessible. In the meantime, Spotify nonetheless doesn’t supply lossless after saying “Spotify HiFi” again in 2021.

However despite the fact that the most well-liked music streaming service nonetheless doesn’t supply hi-res audio, is it one thing you really care about? May you inform the distinction between the free lower-resolution choices on Spotify and the lossless high quality streams from Tidal, Apple Music, or Amazon Music Limitless?

To really discern the distinction between them, you want the appropriate wired gear or the appropriate mixture of smartphone, Bluetooth codec, and high quality Bluetooth earbuds/headphones/cellular DAC, which assist what’s being performed from the cellphone.

Sennheiser headphones and iFi DACs

(Picture credit score: Tshaka Armstrong)

That looks as if quite a bit to undergo, however that’s what I did, and I introduced it proper to the doorstep! My “Pepsi Problem” was presenting a blind “style” take a look at to the typical smartphone person to search out out if all of this progress, these advances in audio know-how, actually matter.

LG made hi-res audio straightforward. RIP to straightforward.

The back of the LG V60

(Picture credit score: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

Let me take a quick second to say RIP to my beloved LG V60 ThinQ from 2020, which featured a Quad DAC built-in and a 3.5mm audio port. That was one of many best methods to get CD-quality audio out of a cellphone. 

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