Which high-resolution digital audio player can stand out from numerous DAPs? – Part 7

Alan Foster


Facing all kinds of hi-res audio players, you may not know how to choose the one that suits you best. This paper compares Astell&Kern, Pioneer, Onkyo, and Questyle, and show you the answer.

Are you sensitive to high-res music?

Are you sensitive to high-res audio files? Can you tell the difference? This will affect the value of the topic we are discussing. If you can hear the difference between high-res music and others, then you will naturally have a demand for high-res music players, otherwise your smartphone or MP3 can be competent for playing music. And many manufacturers advertise that their music player is better than MP3, but that doesn't mean it's a high-res music player.

So, many products that are compared with MP3 are not high-res music, just promoting their other strengths. In fact, even the CD format which is often advertised by manufacturers is not considered as high-res music files, and many laymen don't know the difference. Have you become a little confused? What is a real high-res music? Only correctly recorded and mastered audio files are real high-resolution music.

Even hi-res audio and high-res music are not the same thing

Finally, let's talk about the difference between Hi-Res Audio and high-resolution music. Hi-Res Audio is a proper term used to define the playback hardware. The name of the music file we often hear is actually high-resolution music. These two words are sometimes used interchangeably when manufacturers advertise, which can confuse your judgment. In addition, the term "high resolution" has not been effectively defined.

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