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Our ‘Pepsi Problem’ reveals what folks actually take into consideration Hello-Res Audio

Have you ever listened to your favourite music by a pair of high-end headphones or $300 Hello-Res Audio licensed Bluetooth earbuds? Do you subscribe to Spotify’s free plan, or are you extra of a premium-tier Tidal listener? Apple has an enormous lossless high quality music library proper now however you in all probability don’t have the precise gear to completely reap the benefits of it. Similar factor with Tidal, which is lowering its prices beginning April tenth, making its high-resolution music extra accessible. In the meantime, Spotify nonetheless doesn’t provide lossless after asserting “Spotify HiFi” again in 2021.

However regardless that the most well-liked music streaming service nonetheless doesn’t provide hi-res audio, is it one thing you truly care about? Might you inform the distinction between the free lower-resolution choices on Spotify and the lossless high quality streams from Tidal, Apple Music, or Amazon Music Limitless?

To actually discern the distinction between them, you want the precise wired gear or the precise mixture of smartphone, Bluetooth codec, and high quality Bluetooth earbuds/headphones/cell DAC, which assist what’s being performed from the cellphone.

Sennheiser headphones and iFi DACs

(Picture credit score: Tshaka Armstrong)

That looks like rather a lot to undergo, however that’s what I did, and I introduced it proper to the doorstep! My “Pepsi Problem” was presenting a blind “style” check to the typical smartphone person to seek out out if all of this progress, these advances in audio expertise, actually matter.

LG made hi-res audio straightforward. RIP to straightforward.

The back of the LG V60

(Picture credit score: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

Let me take a quick second to say RIP to my beloved LG V60 ThinQ from 2020, which featured a Quad DAC built-in and a 3.5mm audio port. That was one of many best methods to get CD-quality audio out of a cellphone. 

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