The world of high-end audio is seemingly overlooked by today’s fast-paced, convenience-driven marketplace. The likes of Spotify, Gaana, and Apple Music have brought MP3 music to the tip of our fingers, boasting millions of albums and a user-friendly interface. These streaming services give you access to endless amounts of music for a timely fee, subsequently leading to the demise of CDs. However, the convenience of these apps has unknowingly made us sacrifice higher quality, more in-depth music that CDs have always offered.
Here’s a guide on getting into the High-end audio space.
Convenience, Quality, and Usability
Most people would choose an app over CDs in today’s world. However, there are services offering CD and Master quality albums, opening the world of HiFi audio to convenience lovers. One app regularly cited by Hifi reviewers is TIDAL. Launched in 2014 and owned by popular Hip-hop artist Jay-Z, it is seen to be a major competitor to when it comes to audio quality in the streaming sector.
Listening to your Hifi playlists
The difference between MP3 and CD quality is quite noticeable, with clearer vocals, crisper instrumentals, and increased dynamics. Investing in a good set of earphones, headphones or even a full stereo will get you sinking into your couch for hours listening to HiFi audio.
Ultimate ears offer high-end audio quality along with portability, allowing them to either be plugged into your mobile device or by using a Bluetooth adapter. These earphones boast large price tags for featuring multiple drivers in each earphone to attack the highs and lows of the soundstage with precision. To further back their price tag, the company had initially made its mark on the music industry by making custom in-ear stage monitors for artists such as The Rolling Stones and Linkin Park.
Headphones arguably offer the most personal, in-depth, and intricate output method for an individual to enjoy their own music. They offer complete privacy and isolation.
One notable headphone manufacturer is Sennheiser, a German audio company that specializes in Hifi audio products. They have a range of headphones starting from just $40 going all the way up to $2000, targeting all types of consumers, and breaking down the significant price barrier associated with High-end audio.
3. Stereo systems
The luxury of being able to listen to music from two large speakers is every audio enthusiast dream. Each and every part of the system can be upgraded or tweaked, down to the speaker stands. Even though the High-end stereos pose a significant price barrier, it can be seen as an investment to enjoy for a lifetime.
Companies such as McIntosh Labs and Wilson Audio are High-end audio equipment manufacturers at the top of their game. Their speaker systems can range from $30000 to $1,000,000 producing only truly high-end, exclusive products. However, companies such as KEF, Yamaha, and B&W have a wide variety of products at various price points to appeal to every type of customer.
High-fidelity audio is truly the best way to listen to music. With apps such as TIDAL making it easier to do so, there’s no reason not to!