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bitrate has been reduced

Thebartman
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Since a couple of weeks the bitrate of spotify has been reduced from 384 kHz to 192 kHz (i noticed this cause i listen to spotify with a dac). Why is this?

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Re: bitrate has been reduced

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Hey there @Thebartman,

 

Thanks for posting and welcome to the community!

 

So we can look further into this, could you let us know some additional info, for example the device you're seeing this?

 

If you'd like, you can also find more details on the sound quality and how you can adjust it for different devices here.

 

We'll be keeping an eye out for your reply :)

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Re: bitrate has been reduced

Thebartman
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Hello, im using a macbook pro in combination with an ifi nano IDSD dac. This dac is equipped with an LED where you can see the bitrate by the color of the LED. Normaly this LED was white (manual dac says DSD352/384 kHz). But now the LED color is Cyan (192 kHz). So the bitrate (soundquality) has been reduced. Please explain.

Best Regards, Bart


Re: bitrate has been reduced

Broesen
Casual Listener

Hi.

 

A bitrate is measured in kbits/s or kbps

 

Premium bitrate is maximum 320 kbps or 256kbps (depends on streamer, app etc..)

Re: bitrate has been reduced

HenrikStevn
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Everything streamed from Spotify is 44.1 kHz, that's the standard sample rate for the formats they use (Ogg Vorbis, AAC, HE-AACv2).

 

The LED you're seeing on your DAC shows the sample rate at which your Macbook is connected to the DAC, which only determines the maximum sample rate that can be played from the Macbook to the DAC, not the actual sample rate of the content you're playing (since it would have to show 44.1kHz when playing music on Spotify, if that were the case).

 

So I don't think this is related to Spotify, it must be related to Mac OS, the driver for your DAC or some other software, because AFAIK Spotify can only output at 44.1 kHz, since that covers all of their content.

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