High Fidelity Pure Audio

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High Fidelity Pure Audio (HFPA) is a marketing initiative, spearheaded by the Universal Music Group, for audio-only Blu-ray optical discs.[1] Launched in 2013[2] as a potential successor to the Compact disc, it has been compared with DVD-A and SACD, which had similar aims.[3][1]

HFPA is encoded as 24-bit/96 kHz or 24-bit/192 kHz linear PCM ("high-resolution audio"), optionally losslessly compressed with Dolby True HD or DTS-HD Master Audio.[4]

Note that Pure Audio Blu-ray refers to a different initiative (but with some goals in common) launched by msm-studios in Germany in 2009.[3]


  1. ^ a b Guttenberg, Steve. "Deja vu: Yet another high-resolution audio 'format'". CNET. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Universal Music, Dolby & QOL Support Pure Audio Group Launch". MESA Europe. Media & Entertainment Services Alliance. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Universal Music bets on consumer longing for quality with hi-fi Pure Audio". DVD & Beyond. Globalcom Limited. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Hill, Brad. "Editorial: High Fidelity Pure Audio starting a noble but losing battle". Engadget. AOL Inc. Retrieved 4 January 2014.