Amazon Music HD compatible devices
Is Amazon Music HD worth it?
For those of you that have managed to slip the net of Amazons latest international media campaign, Amazon Music HD has now been launched which makes it one of the highest quality audio streaming platforms.
Many people will already be aware of the Amazon Music streaming platform, as it’s long been available through Amazon’s own Smart Speakers such as the Echo range.
However, if you really want the best experience and take full advantage of Amazon Music HD, you’ll want to be using a product that can truly represent the step-up-up in quality, such as the Bluesound range and BluOS enabled products. These products will be supporting Amazon Music HD which allows you to stream more than 50 million songs in High Definition (16-bit/44 kHz), and millions of songs in Ultra High Definition (24-bit/192 kHz).
Compatible Amazon Music HD Devices
Sevenoaks Sound & Vision have been strong supporters of BluOS since its launch and as such have a full suite of compatible Amplifiers, Systems, Speakers, Music Streamers, AV Systems and HiFi Packages available, meaning you can get to streaming your favourite artists in Ultra HD today! Check out our range of BluOS Enabled products here:
Why Amazon Music HD?
Standard streaming services compress audio files, which does lower quality. Meaning that the audio you hear coming through your HiFi is not as the artist originally intended. Now with Amazon’s latest High Definition and Ultra High Definition offering you can “elevate your sound” and enjoy your music as it was meant to be heard.
How much does Amazon Music HD cost?
Amazon Music HD price themselves very well considering the platform has been redesigned from the ground up to boost the quality of tracks streamed on the service. Amazon Music HD costs £12.99 per month for Prime members (£14.99 per month to the rest of us) or the family plan is £19.99.
For new Amazon Music Unlimited Subscribers you can try Amazon Music HD free for 90 days.
What audio quality does Amazon Music HD support?
Now for the technical bit. As mentioned, Amazon Music HD offers lossless audio in two quality ranges: HD and Ultra HD.
HD tracks are 16-bit audio, with a minimum sample rate of 44.1 kHz (16/44.1 is also referred to as CD-quality), and an average bitrate of 850 kbps. Ultra HD tracks have a bit depth of 24 bits, with sample rates ranging from 44.1 kHz up to 192 kHz, and an average bitrate of 3730 kbps.
As a comparison, some other market-leading streaming services only currently offer Standard Definition (SD) with a bitrate up to 320 kbps. These audio files use lossy compression, where details of the original audio are removed in order to reduce the file size. By contrast, Amazon Music HD preserves the original recording information to deliver the highest quality sound available, more than 2x the bitrate in HD and more than 10x the bitrate at the highest Ultra HD bitrate.
Amazon Music HD will always play the highest quality content available, based on network, device capability and your selected settings.
What data speed does my internet connection need to be to listen to Amazon Music HD?
Amazon are recommending a steady internet connection of 1.5 to 2 Mbps for HD streaming and 5 to 10 Mbps for Ultra HD streaming. From a data usage perspective, bear in mind that HD audio typically consumes up to 5.5 MB of data per minute, and Ultra HD audio up to 12 MB of data per minute. What does that all mean? Well in short with the UKs established network of highspeed broadband and fibre optics throughout the country this should be no problem for most UK households.
For more information about Amazon Music HD, visit: https://www.amazon.co.uk/music/unlimited/hd