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Merzbow
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spotify vs grooveshark music quality

How come the sound quality is better at free services such as grooveshark than high quality streamin in premium spotify? What is the difference between the default flash player that outshine even spotify? Might it have something to do with the Realtek HD configuration that makes spotify sound muffled in comparison?

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David
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Re: spotify vs grooveshark music quality

In your Preferences menu, ensure that "High Quality Streaming" is turned on. You might also find some sound improvements by turning off "Enable Hardware Acceleration" and "Set the same volume for all tracks"
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AbsolutelyNoFB
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Registered: ‎19-09-2012

Re: spotify vs grooveshark music quality

David has some good suggestions. Definitely turn off the setting that tries to make the volume the same for all the tracks. That adds further compression and limiting to the sound processing and does not help sound quality.

 

I've found that the quality of Spotify's source material varies a lot. So when put through Spotify's lossy conversion process using Ogg Vorbis, some music just comes out sounding muffled and flat.

 

While I haven't used GrooveShark, I have experimented with Rdio. Spotify's high quality streaming mode is, for my ears and my music, a bit better than Rdio. Not hugely so, but it is noticeable.

 

If Apple's streaming service does indeed end up streaming music with the same quality as music purchases, it is a step or two above Spotify's high quality mode.

 

Personally, I wish Spotify would provide a FLAC streaming mode. I'd even pay extra for this. It'd be great to have CD quality (or better) music without having to deal with CDs and SACDs and all that :-)

 

 

Gig Goer
liveaudio
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Registered: ‎16-06-2014

Re: spotify vs grooveshark music quality

Sound quality on Spotify Premium is truly banal.  When will improvements be made to this otherwise decent platform?

Peter
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Re: spotify vs grooveshark music quality

What device are you listening on? On my desktop using Spotiamp (at 320kbps) I struggle to hear the difference between Spotify High Quality and FLAC files (but that may just be my ears!).

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Gig Goer
liveaudio
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Registered: ‎16-06-2014

Re: spotify vs grooveshark music quality

Thanks for getting back so quickly.

 

FiOS into the house, fancy router, new iMac, SoundDevices USBPre2, Meyer HD-1 loudspeakers for my desktop.

 

I've tinkered around with settings but just now discovered a version of Bombino by Azamae Tiliade on Youtube that sounds better then them all!  Krazee....I cannot compute.

Peter
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Re: spotify vs grooveshark music quality

It is possible you have stumbled upon a very small percentage of the Spotify catalogue that still isn't available in High Quality.

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Gig Goer
liveaudio
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Registered: ‎16-06-2014

Re: spotify vs grooveshark music quality

Indeed.  

 

A marvelous song ... worthy of the HD treatment if any are.

 

thx. d

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