Better Quality than CDs and MP3s
Simply put, Hi-Res Audio refers to better sound quality than CD and MP3. It’s referred to as “lossless” because the digital files are not compressed the way MP3s are and compression eliminates detail. With Hi-Res Audio, every detail of the master recording is preserved. It delivers the full range of sound from the original performance that gives you a studio-quality listening experience.
Comparing Music Quality
Previously, listeners had to sacrifice quality for portability and convenience. The superior sound of vinyl was pushed aside for more portable 8-tracks and cassette tapes. CDs improved quality and maintained portability, but consumers quickly migrated toward the convenience of MP3s, despite their inferior sound quality. Hi-Res Audio delivers all the convenience of digital music while preserving more detail than ever before. Its quality brings you closer to the original, continuous analog sound wave of the original performance.
Hear the Difference
Hi-Res Audio is less directional and more immersive than conventional audio. Its higher sampling rate captures more sonic detail and offers a feeling of three-dimensionality and stage presence. The gentle tap of a hi-hat is preserved under the pace of a piano accompaniment. The drama of a singer’s chorus remains clear as it sits on top of a wailing trumpet. With Hi-Res Audio, each musical component is incredibly well defined so you’ll get the full expression of each sound every time – just as the artist intended.
Buy. Download. Listen.
It really is that simple. Content is available now, from every major music label. Purchase music in Hi-Res Audio from Sony on one of these companies’ growing libraries, download to your computer and enjoy.