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RE: Why do most digital recordings online sound bad?

Most mainstream services use AAC or MP3 lossy compression and is noticeably lower quality sound than a CD or LP but often sufficient for casual listening for the consumer masses.

Tidal streams in CD quality or theoretically better with MQA encoding/decoding. But even taking MQA out of the picture (it's mostly just smoke and mirrors) it sounds quite nice and on par with my CD's.

CD quality = 44,100 x 16-bits x 2 = 1.4112 Mbs

Qobuz streams in CD quality or better w/o MQA so depending on the tune it can be as high as

Hi-res PCM = 192,000 x 24-bits x 2 = 9.216 Mbs

I listen to my lossless CD rips as well as Qobuz and Tidal streaming. It's all very good and my CD player and TT haven't seen the light of day in years. They're both down in the basement collecting dust ;-)

Edits: 04/18/20 04/18/20 04/18/20 04/18/20 04/18/20

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