Originally Posted by leeverdon
I want to experience the highest available audio (24-bit up to 192 kHz) wirelessly without having to buy any additional hardwired components. Can anyone advise what I can do to achieve the best possible audio?
Thanks in advance.
Can anyone respond to Lee's question or my update? Lee, what have you learned since you posted?
I am looking for a similar solution. Currently I stream on Google Play music (up to 320kbps). I have listened to FLAC files and appreciate the difference in audio quality over streaming or bluetooth both of which are acceptable for things like Car Stereo or jogging with headphones. When I really sit down and listen to music, I want higher quality - at least CD quality (44.1kHz/16bit as I understand).
I recently got the Amazon HD and Deezer HiFi trial subscriptions. After comparing between the same tracks with CD, FLAC, Google, Amazon HD, Deezer, I want to stream high resolution. I find that I hear a lot of difference between Google and all the rest listed. I hear subtle differences between CD and the high res streams of Amazon and Deezer. My goal is now to get a streaming service that is capable of CD and higher quality (when it matters). See my equipment list below.
- Pioneer LX701 receiver
- Native Amazon, Google, Deezer, Tidal apps. Not sure if the Amazon app supports HD or how many bits. From listening, it is better than Google so I believe I might be getting CD quality.
- - It is chromecast ready so the Google music is playing directly from WiFi and going to the DAC in the receiver (a good thing). I don't know the internals of this or how good the transfer is. It sounds better than through my Chromecast audio connected via optical.
- Definitive Audio BP-9060 speakers (5.1.4 with all the surrounds)
- Nvidia Shield Pro TV (2019) - Connected via HDMI to receiver. I can use the Amazon app and Deezer app here. I believe the Shield up-samples to 48kHz/16 bit from what I read. This can destroy CD quality recordings if they go from 44.1 to 48kHz from what I read.
- Chromecast audio - Connected via optical TOS. It is likely too old to do what I want and will likely be dropped by google for support.
Here is my assessment so far between Deezer HiFi and Amazon HD:
1. I cannot find a way to stream Amazon using the Google ecosystem. That is a no-go for me as I have multiple Google speakers as is my Pioneer.
2. Deezer will integrate with Google Home - this is the reason I chose it over Tidal and Qobuz. Tidal also uses MQA which I read requires special decoding. I would rather stay with open source FLAC if possible.
3. Both sound about the same. They are both better sounding using the apps on my receiver than using apps on the Nvidia Shield. (Google sounds about the same)
4. Amazon app is easier to use on my phone. I have used it before and I am getting used to the Deezer app.
5. Deezer integrated on Google home is a bit finicky when playing songs or playlists.
At some point when I choose my next high res service, I will need to migrate my library and playlists from Google to the new service. I have 3 months trial with Amazon and Deezer so my clock is ticking to decide.
So what do you in the forum recommend for me and Lee? Any comments advice is welcomed. I am a newby to this high quality music and reading online to learn. Your comments are much appreciated.