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Audiophile Labels Agree to Use RIAA Hi Res Logo on their Websites... What is Hi Res Anyway?

Audiophile Labels Agree to Use RIAA Hi Res Logo on their Websites... What is Hi Res Anyway?

Says RIAA CTO David Hughes: “We are gratified that the Hi-Res Music logo will be used as the standard branding measure of optimal quality music by digital retailers. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that music enthusiasts can more easily identify their highest quality preferences, and this is a key step in that process. We thank those that have adopted the Hi-Res Music logo, and encourage others in this space to follow suit, in order to help consumers enjoy the highest-quality digital recordings possible”.


In case you wondered, to use the Hi-Res logo on your download store or streaming platform you must be providing music in “lossless audio capable of reproducing the full spectrum of sound from recordings which have been mastered from better than CD quality (48kHz/20-bit or higher) music sources that represent what the artists, producers and engineers originally intended”.


The logo was initiated by the three major record companies, and will help consumers work out which online services really are offering audio at CD quality or higher. Which is particularly helpful given most people can’t really tell the difference between a 320kbps MP3 and a 48kHz/20-bit WAV. 


While there is still areas where defining a high resolution recording can be vague, this system will work for 85% of the music available.  Questions will remain for staunch audiophiles when music has been recorded in CD Quality (44.1) and mixed to DSD, for instance.  Blindfold audio tests still reveal that the DSD mixes (not upsamples) will be improved over mixing to the same format (44.1) and mastering can take place in DSD.


Is this still High Resolution Audio?  That has not been determined by the RIAA.  As always, it will be left to the consumer to decide whether Hi-resolution audio lives or dies or whether this symbol is needed at all.  Considering mp3 downloads is slowly giving way to streaming services, we feel that preservation of any quality is an excellent step.


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