Is HD Audio a waste of money?

Episode 1653 (35:14)

David from New York, NY
Hi-Res Audio

David wants to know why he can't get HD quality for listening to streaming audio. Leo says that wirelessly, there may be some bandwidth issues. The best quality would come from a wired connection. Is he wasting his money on buying high-resolution audio? Leo says that's an interesting question. You'll get better audio with better equipment, much like what recorders and mixers use to create the audio in the first place. But the music we've been listening to is over-compressed, and we usually listen to inferior headphones that don't reproduce music well. If you can't really tell the difference, then yes, you're wasting your money.