Elevate the Listening Experience on Your High-End Audio System

Elevate the Listening Experience on Your High-End Audio System

New Lossless and High-Resolution Streaming Services Raise the Bar for Digital Music Sound Quality To some audiophiles, streaming music has had a bad connotation. In large part, it has to do with services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music all using compressed audio formats for streaming to devices like mobile phones. Some audio purists only want to listen to lossless music or the warm analog sound of vinyl records. You can’t blame audiophiles for eschewing compressed music. They spend many thousands of dollars on their high-end audio systems, and good equipment exposes all the warts in heavily compressed music. If you’re a high-end audio enthusiast in Lincoln Park, IL, you want your system to sound as good as possible. But there’s no denying the convenience of being able to call up most of the world’s recorded music with a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. Fortunately, after years of focusing on interfaces and easy access at the expense of audio quality, there is a return to the pursuit of better sound with digital music. Music services like Tidal, Amazon Music HD, and Qobuz are leading the way with lossless and high-resolution music, available for easy streaming. If you’re still digging through racks of CDs, you may want to keep reading! SEE ALSO: 3 Characteristics of a High-End Audio System Lossless Streaming Music streaming, like downloads, started with compression for a simple reason. When digital music on computers began in the mid-1990s, storage space and internet bandwidth were at a premium. Today, with fast internet that streams 4K video and seemingly unlimited cheap storage in many devices, lossless...
What Sets Meridian Speakers Above the Rest?

What Sets Meridian Speakers Above the Rest?

Enrich Your Lincoln Park Home with High-End Audio from Meridian When it comes to high-end audio, Meridian has an exceptional reputation as the manufacturer of sophisticated, impeccably designed loudspeakers that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the ear. At our recent Technology & Design Expo, we used Meridian loudspeakers to fill the Pella showroom in the Merchandise Mart with sound, and it was remarkable how much power and clarity two loudspeakers could deliver. That showroom is probably much larger than any room in your Lincoln Park home or condominium, so imagine how much more full your music, TV shows, and movies would sound with Meridian loudspeakers enveloping you in an exceptional auditory experience. Keep reading to find out why Meridian is one of our trusted brand partners for high-end audio systems. SEE ALSO: Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo Advanced Technology Creates Lifelike Sound Digital Signal Processing is at the core of Meridian’s technology, allowing for precise reproduction of audio signals that eliminates the inevitable noise and degradation of analog circuitry. Amplifiers and DACs are traditionally separate components connected to the speakers through cables, but Meridian brings all of these elements together to keep sound in its pure digital form for as long as possible. Enhanced Bass Alignment digitally realigns the bass to remove sound blur, and turns the usual left/right stereo setup into an immersive 3D soundstage that will have you hearing new details in your favorite tracks. You’ll feel like you’re sitting right in the studio with the musicians, and the best way to truly understand the difference is to experience...