Which music streaming service offers the best sounding quality music, to be played on Denon AVR X4300?


At present, we are using Spotify as our source for playing quality music on Denon AVR X4300 through our Dali speakers.

We would like to have the best quality sounding music.

Which music streaming service offers the best sounding quality music, to be played on Denon AVR X4300?

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Most users can't distinguish 160kbps music from original (CD quality). That means, Spotify Free should be enough for you.
For the people with sensitive ears, the 320kpbs music is available for the Spotify paid members. Go with that if you want the best sound experience.

(I didn't specify alternatives, as you're already familiar with Spotify, which is already the biggest, probably will be around for the longest too (saving you from jumping ship for years to come). Alternatives probably wouldn't be that much better or cheaper)
IP4IT StaffAuthor Commented:
Hi Kimputer,

I understand what you mean.

We would like to use another music streaming service provider if we can get higher quality music, even if price is a bit higher.

1. Is there music streaming service providers that offer higher quality music than Spotify?

2. If so, which music streaming provider provides the highest quality music?

I highly doubt many human beings can hear anything but clear sound quality at 320 kbps. That's also a reason why there won't be any company streaming at higher bit rate.
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Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
320kbps is not the maximum bitrate for MP3's. You can encode up to 640kbps.
The problem is that the ISO Standard for MP3 specifies the highest bitrate you can use is 320kbps in order to be compatible with all ISO Standard MP3 decoders. You can encode at a higher bitrate, it will just be hard to find something to play it on.
Actually for an mp3, 320 is overkill. Results and test have shown (for a long time), that 192 vbr is pretty much the top level you can determine any difference, anything above that is negligible.

Nobody uses more than 320kbps because there is no benefit of going higher.
Hello ThereSystem AdministratorCommented:
If you need something else, I can only recommend SoundCloud.
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
I'm not sure that it's "lossless" streams justify the double price they charge, but if you really want to explore something beyond the normal 320kbps standards take a look at Tidal (tidal.com).  They offer 320 and "lossless".

I'm old school so haven't felt the need to go to a premium service like this so can't give you any first hand knowledge, just know that it offers higher quality from past reviews I have read (which sometimes complain about their lack of good customer service...).


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Qian BaoDigital Media Specialist and Web DesignerCommented:
Try to find two copies of the same song, one in standard 192 kbps and the other one in 320 kpbs (or even .flv lossless). Play the two copies on your speaker system and listen for the difference. If you really noticed a significant difference in terms of music quality then go ahead and subscribe to a music service.

Since nobody mentioned above then I would like to point out the benefits of using Apple Music. Since they are backed by a iTunes database that has over 30 million songs, you'll be able to find just about any music. Also, Apple Music tends to be a little bit better in sound quality. It uses AAC encoding scheme with 256kbps, which is slightly better than Spotify's 320kpbs.
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