There's a difference between listening to music, and listening to music well, with good fidelity. The details of a home audio setup are a big deal when it comes to hi-fi, and especially so now that people are back to caring about the quality and the medium of the audio they're listening to.
The fact remains that as music becomes digital, we need space to store the data. As music libraries become larger when they need more space to store them on. And as the demand grows for higher resolution audio, so do the file sizes and the need for even more storage. Eventually there becomes a point where you simply don’t have enough storage to keep your entire music library with you. Enter Streaming services.
What is High Resolution Audio?
For High-Resolution Audio streaming beginners, it’s important to understand how this audio technology works. High-Resolution Audio files use a higher sampling frequency. This means that High-Res Audio files comprise more bits, improving the accuracy of your sound and the quality of your music.
High Resolution Audio can be defined as audio having a sampling rate greater than44.1 kHz and a bit depth larger than 16-bit.
Hi-Fi Music Streamers
A Hi-Fi Streamer (also called a "Digital Streamer", "Media Player", "Network Player" or "Network Client") connects to your home network and internet (via ethernet cable or wirelessly) to play music from online services like Spotify, Tidal, iTunes, Last FM, internet radio, YouTube, etc and to seamlessly access music.
Things to consider while choosing a Music Streamer:
While looking to buy a music streamer always buy according to the choice of music you listen to. Think about what kind of music sources you typically listen to and choose a streamer that supports them. If you listen to music via digital streaming audio, then it’s important for you to consider a music streamer with wi-fi connectivity. For listening to music files stored in a hard drive,then you want to make sure that your streamer has the ability to connect to the drive.
Some listeners like single box systems, so companies started incorporating streaming technology into their amps. What this means is that you can have a single box that handles your music streaming, your file conversion, and your amplification. All you need to do is plug it in, connect speakers to it, and start streaming. In our opinion it is always better to have all the elements of a hi-fi system as separate units, in order to have the room for upgrading them in the future.
Hi Fi Music Streamers are considered to be highly technical, and require quite a bit of proprietary electronics to accomplish their tasks. Hence, it is recommended to keep a substantial aside while planning to buy one
Music Streamer in a Stereo Setup Configuration:
Music Streamers in a single box system (amplifiers with an built in streamer) can be connected to passive speakers directly.
A DAC works by converting a digital audio signal into an analog signal, allowing you to play the sound over headphones or speakers. A digital-to-analog converter makes it possible to listen to music stored in digital formats.
DACs often do a much better job at providing improved audio quality than standalone devices. Whether or not you need an additional DAC is largely dependent on your existing setup.
For listening to music from a digital source : a smartphone or an iPad or a computer, it is highly recommended to use a DAC, as an interface, to connect the source to the amplifier for a pleasurable listening experience.