HFPA Nuevo formato de audio

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HFPA Nuevo formato de audio

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Post by mactrax » 08 Jul 2013 19:12

Universal Music Group recently did a low key introduction of a new hi-res audio format called High Fidelity Pure Audio. The launch was kicked off at the Dolby headquarters in London on June 20th and the format became available in France first, which seemed like a great place to dip the product’s toe in the water without having picky audio journalists noticing.
So what exactly is this stealth format? High Fidelity Pure Audio (HFPA) is basically a Blu-ray disc that delivers 96kHz/24 bit audio recordings in three lossless formats: uncompressed PCM, DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. Most discs include the option to download MP3 and lossless FLAC versions of the songs as well. The discs will also play on any Blu-ray player or PS3 device.
Didn’t we just play this game about 10 years ago with the DVD Audio disc and SACD, formats that both failed miserably? While it’s laudable that Universal is even considering bringing a higher fidelity product to the marketplace, haven’t they learned anything from history?
Technology has always driven the music business but the quality of the fidelity has been a byproduct of the convenience of the format, not the primary feature itself. When the shellac 78 RPM disc took over from sheet music
and piano rolls, it was because you could listen to a performance any time you wanted, rather than having to wait for a piano player to show up to play.
When the standard 33 1/3rd RPM vinyl disc showed up, it gained traction because it didn’t break as easily as the 78’s, and it could hold more music as well. When the 8 track tape, then the cassette gave the vinyl record a run for its money, it was because you could take it anywhere and play it without hauling a bulky record player around. When the CD replaced both tape and vinyl it was because of the smaller size and random access. Finally, the MP3 format beat them all because of the ultimate random access and portability, plus the ability to share online. Sure, improvements in fidelity happened along the way in most formats, but almost as a byproduct of the technology. Nowhere in this stream did the majority of consumers choose to replace a format simply because it sounded better.
With high-resolution digital tracks now available from more than a dozen online sites, Neil Young’s Pono service on the horizon, and even Apple’s Mastered for iTunesproviding hi-res files, anything involving a disc as a delivery format looks incredibly short-sighted. You’re not going to find kids, the major consumer of music, purchasing discs any time soon, and even older adults are beginning to find them tedious. Those shiny round plastic thingies are going away, yet at least some in the industry hasn’t seemed to notice yet.
If you really want to get people back into high-fidelity, start with the typical playback systems first. Improve those earbuds and computer speakers so people can really hear a difference between good and bad sounding recordings. The typical playback system is by far the weakest link in the chain today.
Once upon a time, sound quality was a passion, and every kid had a better sounding stereo system in his dorm room than you’ll find anywhere but recording studios and those few over-the-top audiophiles that will probably lap up the HFPA discs, then complain about how they sound. Can we get back to better quality playback systems and general “fidelity awareness” that we had in the past? I don’t know, but one thing I’m sure of, the High Fidelity Pure Audio disc is not the way to do it.

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Re: HFPA Nuevo formato de audio

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Post by Sebastian » 19 Jul 2013 04:12

Definitivamente poner musica en formato digital en un disco en esta epoca parece un poco anticuado, a menos que uno no pueda comprar musica de alta definicion por internet porque no se esta en un pais aprobado o si la conexion a internet solo sirve para bajar paginas sin muchos graficos o si no se tiene un computadora o en fin ....
Como sea, otro formato digital no me entusiasma y menos si no incluye un formato lossless. En mi opinion cuando todo el mundo tenga equipos de sonido decentes, entonces se acabaran los LPs baratos y estaremos de regreso en los 70s.

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Re: HFPA Nuevo formato de audio

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Post by mactrax » 23 Jul 2013 16:04

Sebastian wrote:Definitivamente poner musica en formato digital en un disco en esta epoca parece un poco anticuado, a menos que uno no pueda comprar musica de alta definicion por internet porque no se esta en un pais aprobado o si la conexion a internet solo sirve para bajar paginas sin muchos graficos o si no se tiene un computadora o en fin ....
Como sea, otro formato digital no me entusiasma y menos si no incluye un formato lossless. En mi opinion cuando todo el mundo tenga equipos de sonido decentes, entonces se acabaran los LPs baratos y estaremos de regreso en los 70s.
Yo creo que a nadie le entusiasma OTRO nuevo formato y la prueba es que eres el primero en comentar algo tras días de que se posteo este tema. El fin era compartirlo más que hacer expectativas referentes al dichoso nuevo formato.
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Re: HFPA Nuevo formato de audio

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Post by luis hifi » 05 Dec 2013 18:39

siempre la tecnologia esta en constante desarrollo, y si el audio esta evolucionando para alcanzar un grado de perfeccion, es mi concepto es bien recibida, lo importante es que sea accesible para todos

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Re: HFPA Nuevo formato de audio

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Post by mactrax » 06 Dec 2013 03:20

Luis, yo sinceramente dudo que se trate de una MEJORA, más bien parece un estrategia para vender y vender .... :quiensabe:
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Post by pedraza941 » 06 Dec 2013 03:26

Yo tengo el bluray audio de supertramp breakfast in america, me gusta oirlo con mi papa

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