Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by BubbaMc, Sep 17, 2019.
I’ve got a mono price unit on the way to experiment.
I haven't tried this but I don't think it will work because there is no completed handshake. I have a monoprice unit set up with coax out to my Modi 2, then to my Yamaha integrated (HDMI out to AVR). I can't actually tell what resolution the coax is carrying, but I assume it isn't downsampling anything.
Unfortunately, my current issue is that the fire stick only wants to pass 16/192 no matter what I plug it into anyway. Mildly frustrating, to say the least.
Qobuz has this same problem when browsing search results. I brought it to their attention and they said they were going to fix it. That was ages ago and the problem persists, and it is incredibly frustrating. I don't do streaming anymore though as I prefer to own and have control over my music, however they should correct it.
After a couple of updates to the app in the last week or so on my laptop pc, I thought I would re-check the CPU utilization, with and without Amazon's "exclusive" mode. It turns out that the CPU usage is about twice as much on exclusive mode. In exclusive mode, the CPU usage never drops below about 6.3%, while with with exclusive mode turned off, the usage will drop as low as 1.4% and averages around 3.5%. This is while playing 16/44.4 content.
I cannot say for sure if there is any difference in audio quality, but I seem prefer the sound with exclusive mode, perhaps expectation bias, I guess.
Apologies in advance if this is a duplicate question but has anyone found a way to download the hi-res files from Amazon Music HD? For example, I noticed that some albums will stream at 192kHz but when you buy the album and download the files they're 44.1kHz. Is there a user control somewhere to download/buy the hi-res version?
If I'm not mistaken, Amazon purchased downloads are all MP3.
Never heard of Amazon selling high resolution downloads. Buying from Qobuz, HDTracks, etc. are your better options for that. A thread you may wish to check out if you don’t know about it: Hi-Res Download News (HDTracks, ProStudioMasters, Pono, etc.) & Software/Mastering Part 12**
Thank you @Stereosound, appreciate the pointer to that thread! It's gold.
Thanks @SKBubba, that's right about Amazon downloads being MP3 files. I'm just surprised that their downloadable MP3s are all 44.1kHz even though their streaming service offers 192kHz. Seems like a missed opportunity for them and a disappointing customer experience for us.
I just re-joined Amazon Music after purchasing a preamp that can take advantage of the full resolution (NAD M12). It only took me one day to decide that I will be keeping Tidal and canceling Amazon (again). Not only can I use the Tidal app directly (without the BluOS app), but even when I use BluOS to search for something on Amazon Music, it's horrible. The Tidal search on BluOS is much better and I don't even have to use that because I can just use Tidal Connect straight from the Tidal app.
I figured I would give Amazon a shot after being away for awhile, but they still can't figure it out.
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love is wonderful. But it’s not an “audiophile”
recording. Her vocals are, but everything else is not. Whether listening to the remastered vinyl, or the pseudo hi-res.
With Fire Stick, sill 16/48
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