Here's some food for thought:
If the official definition of Hi-Res Audio by the Japan Audio Society (JAS) is a minimum of 24-bit/96kHz [Decoding: File playability of 96kHz/24bit or above (FLAC and WAV both required – source JAS)], then why are 24-bit/44.1kHz digital music files being called Hi-Res Audio? Is the music BUSINESS not adhering to the JAS's minimum Hi-Res Audio standards or are the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) standards not being adhered to? Are lower than 24-bit/96kHz quality files labeled "Hi-Res Audio" possibly misleading? And if so, then why are major record labels and the music BUSINESS labeling digital music Hi-Res Audio and not Hi-Res Music (using the appropriate logo), when in fact 24-bit/44.1kHz digital music files certainly do not meet the bare minimum of what is the official JAS stated Hi-Res Audio standard of 24-bit/96kHz nor the Hi-Res Music standard of 20-bit/48kHz as set by the RIAA?
Below is (basically) a copy/paste from the JAS' own website on February 27, 2019. There are screen captures near the bottom of this article.
Definition of Hi-Res Audio (Announced on June 12th 2014) Updated on Dec. 7, 2018
1. In principle, the definition of "Hi-Res Audio" is based on the announcement of Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) on the March 26, 2014
2. "Hi-Res Audio" logo applicable products JAS defines is to fulfill the following specification on the recording, reproduction and signal transition process
3. Listening evaluation process is to be organized
4. Additional Condition for Wireless
Digital Audio data transfer
Wireless Audio Transfer may not work correctly with some environment or incorrect usage. Please refer product manual to have best audio quality to meet "Hi-Res Audio Wireless logo"
Certified Audio Codec name for Hi-Res Audio Wireless logo:
Why is the lower sound quality digital music file label Hi-Res Music logo not being used, as the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) stated it must be a minimum of 20-bit/48kHz or higher? What 'official logo' meets the specs for a 24-bit/44.1kHz digital audio files? Do you sense some confusion here between the JAS and RIAA with the use of these logos?
The RIAA clearly states that, "High Resolution Music is officially defined as "lossless audio capable of reproducing the full spectrum of sound from recordings which have been mastered from better than CD quality (48kHz/20-bit or higher) music sources which represent what the artists, producers and engineers originally intended." This definition ensures consumers receive music that is delivered in a digital format that retains the highest quality captured during the creative process."
Note: Bolded text 'lossless audio' is mine so ensure you see it must be lossless as that is a requirement.
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