Hi-res streaming v. hi-res download

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi and General Audio' started by Jeff Lee, Aug 2, 2018.

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    Jeff Lee

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    A query prompted by Gramophone magazine's digital publication guide to hi-res audio, just published: all else in the playing system being equal, would we expect the sound quality of a hi-res download purchased from (say) Qobuz be identical to that of the same track streamed from the same source?
    Sorry if this is a dimbo question, just interested in what if anything the difference might be and what would cause it. I have Qobuz Sublime+, by the way, but don't buy downloads from them.
    Thanks.
     
    Jeff Lee, Aug 2, 2018
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    Neale

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    Interesting yes the downloads are definitely better
    But don’t ask me to explain
     
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    If the streaming service allows you to stream at the same bit-rate as the downloads are encoded at, then it should sound the same. However, not everywhere allows you to stream at the high quality rates.

    I use Deezer to stream music, which allows 320kbit/s streaming and I'm pretty happy with that quality :).
     
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