Apple Music Announces Lossless - MQA is Toast

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  1. Merrick

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    It can be used with both. Atmos scales up to however many discrete channels you have.
     
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    I had hopes that spatial audio for Apple Music would push things in the direction of sounding more like a two channel system. I’ve never been a big fan of having the music come from inside my head, and prefer the effect of speakers putting you in the room with the music. I know Apple can simulate sound coming from well outside the head based on the using spatial audio with movies and tv shows.

    Maybe I have something set up wrong but in the listening I’ve done the soundstage/headstage is still small. Vocals sound like they’re coming from just behind my forehead. The surround effect appears to mostly rotate in a tiny sphere around my head.

    So the addition of lossless seems solid to me, the spatial audio thing seems far less interesting.
     
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    I’ve been enjoying the spatial audio. The quality varies wildly from album to album, Sgt. Pepper sounds processed and hollow, whereas Automatic for the People sounded very organic and cohesive. My take on it is that Airpods already are compromised, they only do the AAC Bluetooth protocol, and the spatial audio presents a fun new mix that I can only hear on my airpods. It’s not audiophile listening in the slightest but as a confection it’s a lot of fun.
     
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    Well my iphone 11max pro is getting slightly warmer then normal while playing Dolby atmos track. Not sure if it is common

    Also 2 tracks in and I realize that with my Verite and DSHA-3F, I was already experiencing better version of spatial audio
     
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    For anyone who is interested here are some more 192k hi-res albums I’ve come across. If this is annoying or irrelevant please tell me to stahp. Just sharing since most of the tracks in the catalog so far are in 48khz lossless and not the 192khz “hi-res”

    Much of Ólafur Arnalds catalog
    Vikingur Ólafsson - Philip Glass: Piano Works (a Deutsche Grammophone release)
    Definitely some of Nils Frahm’s such as All Melody which is mind-blowing, track 3 sounds so good.
    Peter Gabriel - Us, So, 3, 1 (not 2 for some reason)
    I mentioned Iron and Wine’s Beast Epic previously. Great sounding album.
    Paul Simon - most of his catalog but unfortunately they only have the remastered version of Graceland.
     
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    This thread inspired me to check out Amazon HD; managed to get a 4 month free trial through my Prime Membership.

    Some aspects of it work great. On the desktop, it is extremely easy to set playback to 'Exclusive' mode. This seems to properly bypass the Windows mixer on the way to my USB-I2S interface, and it sounds great. Pretty good selection of music at 24/48 and 24/96. The mobile app handles offline files FAR more elegantly than Spotify.

    But man, I really dislike the way it handles the library. In Spotify, I'm so used to just 'Following' an artist, which adds them to the library, and uses the data for serving up daily mixes and other suggestions.

    But within Amazon, following an artist does practically nothing, and you can't just add an artist to your library. You only have an artist in your library if you add one of their songs/albums. It just seems so incredibly inefficient.....
     
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    What hasn't worked for you?

    What Amazon calls "Exclusive Mode" simply prevents other system sounds from getting mixed in. It doesn't fully bypass the Windows audio processing as in the exclusive mode of Tidal or Qobuz. The data rate won't switch to match the track's resolution, so you only get bit perfect when your Windows audio settings happen to match the resolution of the current track (when it doesn't match, Windows will resample).

    This is Amazon Music's definition of "Exclusive Mode":

    https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=14070322011
    What is exclusive mode?
    When exclusive mode is enabled, the Amazon Music app will block sounds from other applications while music is playing. This provides a number of sound quality benefits, notably that it allows the Amazon Music app to play music in the highest possible quality supported by your playback device. It also reduces the likelihood of playback errors that can occur when multiple applications are playing audio at the same time. It is important to note that other applications will not be able to play audio when a song is playing while exclusive mode is enabled.​
     
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    Good to know. Still light years ahead of Spotify's complete non-effort.
     
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    I run the Roon server on my Fedora 34 desktop and every time i boot the system i have to stop the Roon service and clear the cache and then restart it otherwise Qobuz won’t work right. The app is kind of unstable on my ipad and like once a week Roon won’t find my SHD studio as an endpoint. First problem is the mayor issue and still need to contact them about it.
     
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    Thanks for the info, I had been used Apple Music but now I use Amazon Music. Besides, to get Amazon Music offline listening on any device, I use the DRmare Amazon Music to MP3 Converter to help me. You can also try it and enjoy Amazon Music you like.
     
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