Universal Music has announced its new 'High Fidelity Pure Audio' (HFPA) range of physical high-definition audio products that use Blu-ray technology to deliver what the company calls "the ultimate listening experience to the user".
HFPA discs are playable through all Blu-ray devices including Blu-ray players and games consoles. Because of the increased size and bandwidth available on a Blu-ray disc, music can be offered without the compression required for 16-bit CD releases and lower resolution digital formats.
Users have a choice of several different sound formats including PCM, Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio at 2.0 and 5.1 surround sound (where available).
A download voucher is also included with each HFPA disc, allowing consumers to have a digital copy of the album in MP3 format at "a standard resolution" in order to access music on devices that don’t support HD audio.
Artists with releases already on the format include Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley, Nirvana, Queen, The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder. There is also a vast selection of classical and jazz music including Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazón, John Coltrane and Oscar Peterson.
“We are very excited about the potential for High Fidelity Pure Audio, allowing music lovers to experience the work of artists in a way that has never before been possible,” said Olivier Robert-Murphy, global head of new business at Universal Music Group. “Once you hear High Fidelity Pure Audio you can feel the full richness and depth of an artist’s vision.”