FILES AHEAD

All our sys­tems sup­port 24-bit au­dio, but there are a few com­pli­ca­tions…

T3 - - State of the Art -

Multi-room man­u­fac­tur­ers tend to brag about their sys­tems’ file com­pat­i­bil­ity and play­back promis­cu­ity, but there’s al­ways devil in the de­tail. The Pana­sonic All Con­nected mod­els em­brace MP3 and AAC, WAV, FLAC and ALAC up to 192k/24-bit, but not ul­tra­high-res DSD.

On the Yamaha MCR-N470D and WX-010, Mu­sicCast file-for­mat sup­port also in­cludes 24-bit FLAC, AIFF, WAV and ALAC, plus AAC and WMA, but again not DSD.

Denon’s HEOS range of­fers the best out-of-the-box sup­port. All sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion HS2 ac­tive speak­ers play un­com­pressed WAV, ALAC, AIFF and FLAC up to 24-bit 192kHz, plus DSD 2.8MHz.

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