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High-Rez Audio for Higher-Def Sound Talk of compressed, quantity-over-quality lossy MP3 audio seems to dominate music discussions lately. And there’s no question that compressed-audio formats like MP3, AAC, and WMA have changed the way people listen to music, and that they definitely have their time and place. For mobile listening, compressed music files let you carry 10,000 songs around in your pocket—a pretty amazing feat that is especially appreciated when you find yourself on a lengthy flight or drive. Compression has also enabled streaming Internet music services like Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, Songza, and many others.

But there are times when the compromised audio of MP3 just isn’t right for the task—for instance when you are at home, sitting back in your favorite chair at the end of the day in front of your audio system, looking to relax with a nice single malt while some sweet audio washes over you. For those times when you’re actively listening and looking to get the most out of your audio system, let me introduce you to the next generation of music listening, high-resolution—or high-rez—audio.

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