- May 22, 2005
- Reaction score
- Queensland, Australia
If the app is impacting tonality it would have to be modifying the data which makes very little sense.
Obviously high bitrate vs low bitrate with compression can sound different, but 1's and 0's are either valid or corrupt, there is no tonality unless your DAC and analog parts are in the streamer vs. external then the analog components could have an impact.
It makes a lot of sense actually.
You can do amazing stuff in the digital domain.
its very easy for an app (computer) to modify the sound.
From blatant mis-configuration, to equalisation / full room correction - there are many ways digital apparatus can modify the sound.
But bitperfect is bitperfect - and bit-for-bit data should be what we (as audiophiles) are seeking; at least sub-consciously - if we consciously choose to add eq or room correction, then that is also our prerogative, but should be done in a conscious and measured way.
Fortunately, virtually any music app makes it very easy to obtain bitperfect output - I think Clementine is the only one that I've seen that unashamedly fails the bitperfect test.