At CES, high-resolution audio was one of the highlights. But can quality win over convenience?

One of the key messages at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was the promotion of high-resolution audio, a new digital format that labels, device makers and retailers see as a way to potentially revive flagging download sales.

Put simply, high-resolution audio (HRA) refers to the way music is digitally captured in the form of computerized bits. The highest rate is 24-bit sound samples taken 192,000 times per second. CDs are generally captured at a rate of 16-bit samples taken 44,056 times a second. The idea is that more bits can lead to better sound.

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