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DEG, CEA, Others Agree on High-Resolution Audio Terms

12 Jun, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), The Recording Academy and three major music labels have come together to agree on a formal definition of high-resolution audio.

The industry groups, along with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, have defined high-res audio as “lossless audio that is capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better than CD-quality music sources.” Additionally, the groups have designated four Master Quality Recording categories, each describing a recording that has been made from the best-quality music source currently available. 

“The DEG is proud to have played a key role in coordinating the work behind finalizing this important agreement,” said DEG president Amy Jo Smith.  “Thanks to this initiative, the industry can take a unified approach in offering digital music services a variety of information concerning the growing number of hi-res music titles being distributed today.”

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA, added: “The contributions made by our Audio Division Board will help consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers alike in their efforts to market the latest compatible devices and help provide more clarity about HRA for consumers.”

The Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing also provided feedback on the definition and descriptors for Master Quality Recordings. “When properly implemented, we believe this agreement will be welcomed by our members and the music community, enhancing their ability to improve the music creative process,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Academy.

The Recording Academy, DEG and CEA are sponsoring a High-Resolution Audio Listening Experience event June 24 in New York.

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