Arlington, VA (June 18, 2014)—DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and a group of industry entities have announced a formal definition for High Resolution Audio.
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, in cooperation with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and The Recording Academy, announced agreement on the definition in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.
High Resolution Audio is defined 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.”
In addition to this definition, four different Master Quality Recording categories have been designated, each of which describes a recording that has been made from the best quality music source currently available. All of these recordings will sound like the artists, producers and engineers originally intended, according to the statement.
The four descriptors are:
MQ-P: From a PCM master source 48 kHz/20 bit or higher (typically 96/24 or 192/24 content)
MQ-A: From an analog master source
MQ-C: From a CD master source (44.1 kHz/16 bit content)
MQ-D: From a DSD/DSF master source (typically 2.8 or 5.6 MHz content)
These descriptors can be used on a voluntary basis to provide the latest and most accurate information to consumers. The DEG statement does not address the apparent dichotomy between the agreed upon definition and the MQ-C category.
“Leading members of The Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing provided valuable feedback on this new High Resolution Audio definition and descriptors for Master Quality Recordings, and we’re grateful for their input and expertise,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Academy. “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.”
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group