We are reader-supported. Links on our site may earn us a commission. More about us

Audio and Hi-Fi

All the audio and hi-fi articles, guides, tutorials, and reviews at Higher Hz.

DAC vs amp: What’s the difference, and why you need both

The first step in building your desktop hi-fi system is defining what you need in order to upgrade your sound. And one of the first questions you should ask yourself is: do I need a DAC, an amp, or both?

In this article, I’ll help you understand the difference between these two components and how each of them affects your sound.

What is hi-fi audio, and how to get started on any budget

There’s a lot of confusion as to what “high fidelity” means nowadays. The streaming industry has changed the game once and for all, but also the technologies used to reproduce audio faithfully keep evolving, transcending what we know about accuracy and immersiveness in sonic reproduction.

The 5 best portable digital audio players in 2024: MP3 to hi-res DAPs

Today, we’re overwhelmed by the number of portable devices available to music enthusiasts willing to invest in a dedicated music player.

In this article, we’ll look at the best portable audio players on today’s market, ranging from simple and affordable MP3 players to high-end, hi-res DAPs to experience the music in the highest possible fidelity.

Can digital audio players still compete with your smartphone?

Last month, I created a sound installation for an art organization in Fukuoka, Japan, as part of an art residency program. When the time came to upload the nine-hour sound installation to some playback device and run it through the PA system in the gallery, it turned out my good old MP3 player, connected to a power bank charger, was the best option.

I don’t even remember why I took it with me, and yet it turned out to be quite a useful thing to have at the time.

The 3D sound technology transforming live concerts

There are various factors and sectors pushing spatial audio technology relentlessly forward, but whether you’re a gamer, a cinephile, or a music enthusiast, you’ll probably know this technology is here to stay and is drastically changing the game of sonic perception.