New audio formats mean your whole home audio system never misses a beat
The winter holidays are right around the corner, and that means you’ll be entertaining your friends and family. And thanks to a whole-home audio-video system in your Tiburon, CA property, it’s easier than ever. With just one touch, you can stream your favorite tracks to any room of the house. But did you know you’re losing valuable bits of quality when listening to popular services like Spotify or Pandora? Here, we’ll show you how you can improve your aural experience by upgrading to lossless formats.
“Lossless” is a term used by audio experts to describe digital tracks that don’t lose any information due to compression. In other words, it’s sort of like HD for your music.
When you watch an older standard definition TV show on modern TVs, you’ll notice it may look blurry or pixelated. When you watch it in HD or 4K, the image is much clearer and sharper. That’s because the image is more pixel-dense with more image data; it’s fairly easy to see the difference.
For music, digital signals work similarly (though not exactly the same way). Music is inherently an analog format that are waves of sound. These analog waves are converted into “bits” of digital information using various sampling rates and formats for distribution on CDs and streaming over the internet. Most of the music you listen to today is in digital form, and it gets converted back to analog sound by your music devices and speakers.
Streaming takes up network and internet bandwidth, so to make music more efficient to store and transmit digitally, the bits are compressed into various formats. MP3 is a widely used format for compressed music, and while it typically sounds good, a great audio system will reveal its deficiencies especially at lower bitrates.
Lossless formats don’t lose those valuable bits of information. FLAC and DSD are popular among audiophiles, but they take up more space than lossy formats like MP3, requiring larger storage devices and greater bandwidth. With today’s inexpensive and plentiful digital storage – and fast internet speeds – this issue is less important, so you don’t have to be an ardent audiophile and spend significant sums to enjoy better sound.
Now, thanks to relatively new formats like MQA, you can even stream your favorite tracks in lossless formats. Services like Tidal offer lossless tiers so you can enjoy the benefits of internet-based music with higher quality and never miss a beat.
Tidal and Control4 Team Up
If you already enjoy a Control4 system, it’s easier than ever to enjoy Tidal’s lossless tier, Tidal Masters. The service comes natively integrated with the latest operating system update, OS 3.
With OS 3, you can do a lot more than stream incredible audio. Entertainment and smart home control are simpler and more intuitive than ever.
From the Sessions screen, you can control playback, volume, and more in each room of your home. Add your most-used functions to a favorites screen for easy access. Plus, you can enjoy an overview of your entire smart home at a glance.
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