HD Audio

Is HD Audio a waste of money?

Hi-Res Audio

Episode 1653

David from New York, NY

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.

Is HD Audio a waste of money?

Episode 1653

Caller from California

Caller 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 for buying high resoution audio? Leo says that's an interesting question. Obviously, 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.

Will iTunes offer High Resolution Audio?

Headphones

Episode 1397

Max from San Diego, CA

Mike likes MQA high resolution audio, and he wants to know if Apple has any plans to make MQA music available on iTunes. Jason says that MQA is the latest in compression technology that seeks to improve the audio quality over mp3 or AAC, but still keep the file size manageable. Apple hasn't really talked about their plans for MQA, which is an outside standard. But he says that Apple's branding is all about improving quality and MQA is having trouble getting market share.