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Hi-Res Audio delivers more than 14 times the detail of MP3s1
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Better Quality Than CDs, MP3s and Streaming.

Hi-Res Audio is often referred to as "lossless" because the digital files are not compressed the way MP3s are. Compression eliminates detail. For example, despite the missing letters, you can read the sentence above. But important elements are missing which distort the clarity of what you’re reading. That’s what’s happening when you listen to an MP3.

With Hi-Res Audio, every detail of the master recording is preserved. It delivers the full range of sound from the original performance, giving you a studio-quality listening experience you have to hear to believe.

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Based on 320 kpbs MP3 compared to a 96kHz 24bit Hi-Res Audio track.

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Recording

Comparing Music Quality

Previously, listeners have had to sacrifice quality for portability and convenience. The superior sound of vinyl was pushed aside for the more portable 8-tracks and cassette tapes. CDs improved quality and maintained portability, but consumers quickly migrated towards the the ultimate 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. See how it compares in the chart above.

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Based on 320 kpbs MP3 compared to a 96kHz 24bit Hi-Res Audio track.

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Quality rating based on Spotify's free service offering on mobile devices. Spotify's quality rating defers by device and service level. Other streaming service providers offer quality ratings both above and below this 96 kpbs.

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Quality rating based on a standard purchase of a digital track or album for download from Amazon.com. This purchase delivers a variable bit rate (VBR) MP3 file averaging 256 kilobits per second (kbps)

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Unlike other compressed music formats, Hi-Res Audio retains all the gorgeous detail and subtle nuances that the artist intended—preserving the integrity of your music for unparalleled listening. Click the hotspots on the image above to learn more.

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Based on 320 kpbs MP3 compared to a 96kHz 24bit Hi-Res Audio track.

hi-res audio defined

Drag to see the difference

Better Quality Than CDs, MP3s and Streaming.

Hi-Res Audio is often referred to as "lossless" because the digital files are not compressed the way MP3s are. Compression eliminates detail. For example, despite the missing letters, you can read the sentence above. But important elements are missing which distort the clarity of what you’re reading. That’s what’s happening when you listen to an MP3.

With Hi-Res Audio, every detail of the master recording is preserved. It delivers the full range of sound from the original performance, giving you a studio-quality listening experience you have to hear to believe.

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Based on 320 kpbs MP3 compared to a 96kHz 24bit Hi-Res Audio track.

comparing music quality

Original
Recording

Comparing Music Quality

Previously, listeners have had to sacrifice quality for portability and convenience. The superior sound of vinyl was pushed aside for the more portable 8-tracks and cassette tapes. CDs improved quality and maintained portability, but consumers quickly migrated towards the the ultimate 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. See how it compares in the chart above.

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Based on 320 kpbs MP3 compared to a 96kHz 24bit Hi-Res Audio track.

2
Quality rating based on Spotify's free service offering on mobile devices. Spotify's quality rating defers by device and service level. Other streaming service providers offer quality ratings both above and below this 96 kpbs.

3
Quality rating based on a standard purchase of a digital track or album for download from Amazon.com. This purchase delivers a variable bit rate (VBR) MP3 file averaging 256 kilobits per second (kbps)

Hear the difference

Why Hi-Res Audio is better.

Unlike other compressed music formats, Hi-Res Audio retains all the gorgeous detail and subtle nuances that the artist intended—preserving the integrity of your music for unparalleled listening. Click the hotspots on the image above to learn more.

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Based on 320 kpbs MP3 compared to a 96kHz 24bit Hi-Res Audio track.

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Studio quality sound no matter how you listen.

Hi-Res Music may be available in any of these six popular formats and Sony Hi-Res Audio products are compatible with all of them*. So whether you’re just getting started or have an established preference, Sony has the products to support your tastes.
Direct Stream Digital-DFF is the professional, uncompressed 1-bit format used in recording and mastering Super Audio CDs.
Direct Stream Digital-DSF represents a PC-friendly version of 1-bit DSD used to burn files onto DVD.
The Waveform Audio File Format captures music as uncompressed, linear PCM and is a mainstay of computer audio.
The Audio Interchange File Format records uncompressed, linear PCM and was developed by Apple.
The Free Lossless Audio Codec saves space by compressing files while maintaining 100% bit-for-bit accuracy during playback.
The Apple Lossless Audio Codec maintains 100% bit-for-bit accuracy while saving storage space.
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See individual product specifications for complete compatibility details.

Create the perfect experience.
Learn about the products that bring Hi-Res Audio to life and customize a listening experience that matches your style and needs.

Buy. Download. Listen.

It really is that simple. Content is available now and from most labels. Purchase music in Hi-Res Audio from any one of these companies' growing libraries, download to your computer and enjoy.1
Available File Formats:
  • DSD
  • FLAC
  • ALAC

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The Super HiRez music store, powered by Acoustic Sounds, offers the finest selection of high-resolution downloads with an emphasis on DSD. Find full album selections from the biggest artists in an assortment of genres, as well as answers and clarifications to the many questions about DSD and high-resolution digital audio. We’ve made getting started easy with simple-to-follow tutorials and an assortment of software and hardware options.

Acoustic Sounds is the world’s leading supplier of audiophile recordings for more than 25 years. The largest catalog of high-quality LPs and SACDs now expands to include the ultimate in digital audio. Find it at Super HiRez.

Available File Formats:
  • DSD
  • FLAC
  • ALAC

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Available File Formats:
  • AIFF
  • ALAC
  • WAV
  • FLAC
  • DSD (coming soon)

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Welcome to HDtracks – the Ultimate HDMusic Experience.

An HDtracks file is a one-to-one exact digital copy of the master tape. There is no better way to hear recorded music than hearing an HDtracks hi-res file played back via your Sony music server with a good pair of speakers.

HDtracks music downloads sound better than MP3s or even CDS. With an HDtracks download you are in the recording studio with your favorite artist! HDtracks' vast selection features new as well as iconic releases from every major record label and across all genres, including indie, rock, classical, blues, jazz, world and more. Our HDmusic files are available as high quality AIFF, ALAC, WAV, FLAC, and DSD (coming soon). Easy to download, playback and enjoy. You will hear the difference. Visit HDtracks.com

Available File Formats:
  • AIFF
  • ALAC
  • WAV
  • FLAC
  • DSD (coming soon)

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Available File Formats:
  • AIFF
  • ALAC
  • DSD

Get Music Now

ProStudioMasters is a premium online music store specializing in high-resolution audio downloads.

ProStudioMasters offers high-resolution digital masters received directly from major and independent record labels — never from media transfers. Audio files are available for download in uncompressed AIFF, DSD (DSF) and lossless FLAC formats without Digital Rights Management (DRM).

For music lovers that demand the best, ProStudioMasters features the finest music, premium performances and the highest-quality sound recordings.

Available File Formats:
  • AIFF
  • ALAC
  • DSD

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Available File Formats:
  • DSD
  • WAV

Get Music Now

Blue Coast Records sets a new standard in acoustic recording and now brings master-quality sound into your home using DSD (Direct Stream Digital) audio. We specialize in capturing the sounds of superior musicianship using high resolution techniques to deliver all the passion and dynamics of a live performance. Our first allegiance is to the music and DSD lets us bring the listener into the studio in a way that was never before possible.

DSD audio is sampled 2.8 million times per second - 64 times that of a CD! The DSD format is used by many audio professionals for its ease of use and sound quality similar to analog tape. DSD files are many times larger than your normal mp3. With internet speeds increasing, a resolution revolution has come - led by Blue Coast Records.

Our downloads are available anywhere in the world for your listening pleasure. Explore a new world of sonic sensations from Blue Coast Records.

Available File Formats:
  • DSD
  • WAV

Get Music Now
Available File Formats:
  • FLAC
  • WAV

Get Music Now

iTrax.com is a digital music retailer specializing in real high-definition music downloads in a variety of formats and mix perspectives, including Headphones[xi], the first "surround music" virtualization processed files available online.

All tracks on iTrax originate as 96 kHz/24-bit PCM recordings and are never upconverted or transfers of standard definition materials into high-definition delivery formats.

The site was launched in the fall of 2007 and has a catalog of over 3000 tracks from a variety of award-winning labels including SFS Media, AIX Records, 2L, Harmonia Mundi, ArtsMusic, Naxos and many more.

Available File Formats:
  • FLAC
  • WAV

Get Music Now
Available File Formats:
  • DSD

Get Music Now

Nativedsd.com is a multi-label website with each label offering its own native DSD recorded projects in a unified environment from its own managed page. The site contains many cross label features, including a search engine spanning all labels, consistent DSF formatting with ID3v2-compliant metadata tagging, hardware and software discussion and review, and the most important feature, a single resource for all things native DSD.

Available File Formats:
  • DSD

Get Music Now

Super HiRez

The Super HiRez music store, powered by Acoustic Sounds, offers the finest selection of high-resolution downloads with an emphasis on DSD. Find full album selections from the biggest artists in an assortment of genres, as well as answers and clarifications to the many questions about DSD and high-resolution digital audio. We’ve made getting started easy with simple-to-follow tutorials and an assortment of software and hardware options.

Acoustic Sounds is the world’s leading supplier of audiophile recordings for more than 25 years. The largest catalog of high-quality LPs and SACDs now expands to include the ultimate in digital audio. Find it at Super HiRez.

Available File Formats:
  • DSD
  • FLAC
  • ALAC

Get Music Now

HDtracks

Welcome to HDtracks – the Ultimate HDMusic Experience.

An HDtracks file is a one-to-one exact digital copy of the master tape. There is no better way to hear recorded music than hearing an HDtracks hi-res file played back via your Sony music server with a good pair of speakers.

HDtracks music downloads sound better than MP3s or even CDS. With an HDtracks download you are in the recording studio with your favorite artist! HDtracks' vast selection features new as well as iconic releases from every major record label and across all genres, including indie, rock, classical, blues, jazz, world and more. Our HDmusic files are available as high quality AIFF, ALAC, WAV, FLAC, and DSD (coming soon). Easy to download, playback and enjoy. You will hear the difference. Visit HDtracks.com

Available File Formats:
  • AIFF
  • ALAC
  • WAV
  • FLAC
  • DSD (coming soon)

Get Music Now

ProStudioMasters

ProStudioMasters is a premium online music store specializing in high-resolution audio downloads.

ProStudioMasters offers high-resolution digital masters received directly from major and independent record labels — never from media transfers. Audio files are available for download in uncompressed AIFF, DSD (DSF) and lossless FLAC formats without Digital Rights Management (DRM).

For music lovers that demand the best, ProStudioMasters features the finest music, premium performances and the highest-quality sound recordings.

Available File Formats:
  • AIFF
  • ALAC
  • DSD

Get Music Now

Blue Coast Records

Blue Coast Records sets a new standard in acoustic recording and now brings master-quality sound into your home using DSD (Direct Stream Digital) audio. We specialize in capturing the sounds of superior musicianship using high resolution techniques to deliver all the passion and dynamics of a live performance. Our first allegiance is to the music and DSD lets us bring the listener into the studio in a way that was never before possible.

DSD audio is sampled 2.8 million times per second - 64 times that of a CD! The DSD format is used by many audio professionals for its ease of use and sound quality similar to analog tape. DSD files are many times larger than your normal mp3. With internet speeds increasing, a resolution revolution has come - led by Blue Coast Records.

Our downloads are available anywhere in the world for your listening pleasure. Explore a new world of sonic sensations from Blue Coast Records.

Available File Formats:
  • DSD
  • WAV

Get Music Now

iTrax

iTrax.com is a digital music retailer specializing in real high-definition music downloads in a variety of formats and mix perspectives, including Headphones[xi], the first "surround music" virtualization processed files available online.

All tracks on iTrax originate as 96 kHz/24-bit PCM recordings and are never upconverted or transfers of standard definition materials into high-definition delivery formats.

The site was launched in the fall of 2007 and has a catalog of over 3000 tracks from a variety of award-winning labels including SFS Media, AIX Records, 2L, Harmonia Mundi, ArtsMusic, Naxos and many more.

Available File Formats:
  • FLAC
  • WAV

Get Music Now

NativeDSD

Nativedsd.com is a multi-label website with each label offering its own native DSD recorded projects in a unified environment from its own managed page. The site contains many cross label features, including a search engine spanning all labels, consistent DSF formatting with ID3v2-compliant metadata tagging, hardware and software discussion and review, and the most important feature, a single resource for all things native DSD.

Available File Formats:
  • DSD

Get Music Now
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