Now, you will have all heard of high-resolution televisions and movie files, but did you know that high resolution is also a thing? Not only does it exist but it has actually been available since the mid-’90s. it is just becoming more mainstream now as many other devices are able to support it.
So, what is High-Resolution Audio?
High-resolution audio when put simply is a file that has a far greater sampling frequency than a CD. Essentially meaning that listeners will be able to enjoy music at the quality it was intended when being recorded.
The reason why this technology has not taken off before is that devices were not able to support it. This is now changing with many high-end smartphones, tablets, and computers all having the ability to play hi-res audio using one of the numerous file formats of FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, and DSD.
There is a slight downside to these file formats and that is that they are not compressed and therefore quite big when compared to standard file formats used for audio such as MP3. That is a price that you will pay for better quality but phones and storage devices are getting bigger by the year so you will still have no problem storing all your favorite tunes.
Where Can I Find and Download Hi-Res Audio Files?
Before we tell you where you can download high-resolution audio songs in the above file formats, we should first make it clear that streaming sites like Spotify do not play their music in hi-res. They used compressed file formats which is understandable considering the vast collection of music that they are storing.
That said, if you are looking for better quality music, you should avoid streaming sites and download and store your own locally instead.
So where can you get it?
Well, there are plenty of places. You can either go and find your own at Piratebay or if you prefer a more legal approach, can use one of the following download sites:
- Digital 7
- Acoustic Sounds
- Qobuz Sublime
- Onkyo Music
Between those you will be able to find the music that you need but at a cost. You can expect to pay more for your tracks and albums in this file format when compared to what you pay at the likes of iTunes for compressed but lower quality audio files.
If the price really is a problem however, there will be plenty of people sharing their high-resolution audio files at Pirate Bay. If you are going to go down this route though, please consider using a VPN at the very least. Piracy is illegal and the last thing you will want is your search and download history being trackable by your ISP and government.