Play Hi-Res Tunes Anywhere, Anytime with a Control4 OS 3 Whole-Home Sound System
Can you tell the difference between an original painting and a high-quality print? Today’s printing technology makes the differences minuscule to the average eye. However, an aesthete may notice that the art print is missing characteristic textures, vibrancy, and life that thrives in the original.
The same can be said about music. In the world of digital music, lossless audio presents every nuance and detail of an artist’s original studio recording, and compressed audio deletes data, or some of those tiny details, to make it easier to transfer over the internet. Most ears likely won’t hear the difference between lossless and compressed audio. But for some, that small difference matters.
With Control4 OS 3, you can now enjoy the detail, timbre, and texture of high-resolution audio on your whole-home sound system. Read below to learn what makes music hi-res and what else you’ll need to make the most of studio-quality music in your Salt Lake City, UT home.
What’s Hi-Res Audio?
We’ll try to keep this simple. High-resolution audio is popularly defined as “lossless audio that is capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better-than-CD quality sources.” In other words, hi-res music files have a higher bit depth and sample rate than CD, which is 16-bit/44.1kHz.
The number of bits affects the dynamic range of a song. A music file with more bits (or higher bit depth) will deliver a noticeable leap in quality when compared to a music file with fewer bits. The sample rate determines the average range of frequencies captured in digital audio. A high sample rate captures more of the original sound and provides a more realistic experience for the listener. Common hi-res formats are 24-bit/96kHz and 24-bit/192kHz.
How to Enjoy Hi-Res Audio with Control4
If your Control4 whole-home sound system is upgraded to the new OS 3 software platform, then it’s high-resolution capable! Control4 OS 3 now has MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) support, which allows for streaming hi-res music from premium services like TIDAL Masters.
MQA music reveals a much bigger canvas of your favorite artists’ creations. You’ll experience precisely what they experienced in the studio when spending hours and days crafting their music to perfection. Start listening on your Control4 multi-room audio system by subscribing to TIDAL Masters. You can also enjoy high-resolution tunes with Amazon Music Unlimited HD and Qobuz.
You’ll Need These Things Too
Of course, you’ll need more than just Control4 OS 3 to stream and enjoy high-resolution audio. Along with the latest Control4 operating system and a subscription to a streaming service that offers hi-res music, you’ll also need a high-current amplifier, high-fidelity speakers, and a robust home network as part of your whole-home sound system to truly wring out all the detail from your music.
If you’re interested in the immersive experience of studio-quality music at home, AVWORX can set you up with the gear you need. To learn more about our premium home audio solutions, contact us here or use the live chat box below to speak with a team member now.