2018-09-04 17:56:54 UTC
Say it: CO-buzz. It's here, and your easy chair recreation may never be the same. No hyperbole!
An announcement was made earlier this year, or in late 2017, that Qobuz would be rolling out service for North America, but I hadn't seen much progress...till now. Over the weekend, I noticed the Qobuz app installed in July on my iPhone 10 had a new icon, so I clicked on it and saw a new interface and everything looked spiffed-up. I ran a search and saw the following press release. This is a game-changer. My disc-buying may be halved by year's end.
There are no 'offers' available as of today. Those living in the US & Canada cannot yet sign up, but the app is free to download with free samples of tracks for audition. I listened to a couple CDs in 16/44.1 quality last night from the Oscar Levant box.
AppleMusic and iTunes Store are good—I have really been won over by the Mastered for iTunes campaign; a great initiative—but naturally I prefer CD-quality for purchase or streaming, and to have the option of going 24/96—well, sign me up; I want to be on the right side of history. I don't think my ears could tell a difference between 24/96 and studio master quality 24/192, also offered by Qobuz, but then again, can I tell a difference between a title Mastered for iTunes (that is, dithered to 256kbps AAC from 24/96 or higher studio files) and a CD? I'm not so sure anymore.
<< Qobuz to Preview High-Res Audio Music Streaming and Download Service at CEDIA Expo
The World's Highest Resolution Music Streaming Service, Qobuz to Make U.S. Debut this Fall
Aug 31, 2018
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Qobuz, (pronounced CO-buzz) the world's only true Hi-Res Audio streaming and download service, announced today that it will premiere its service live at the upcoming CEDIA Expo, September 4-7, in San Diego.
Qobuz will be live at CEDIA Expo in the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, September 4-7, 2018 in booth 4047.
Qobuz offers an extensive catalog, including hard-to-find jazz and classical albums and tracks. Dwarfing other providers, Qobuz will offer by far the largest catalog of streaming Hi-Res audio (24-bit, up to 192k) in the world. Qobuz works on Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows on both mobile and desktop and will be integrated with all of the most prestigious Hi-Fi brands.
"We are excited to give industry professionals the opportunity to experience firsthand the amazing quality across all genres that our extraordinary music service offers," said Dan Mackta, Managing Director of Qobuz USA. "Qobuz offers streaming to your phone or computer in standard FLAC files, so no special hardware is needed for the highest resolutions.
In addition to its vast collection of pristine 24-bit audio, Qobuz offers exclusive editorial content that fosters in-depth listening and fan experience with hundreds of thousands of album reviews, interviews, biographical articles, digital booklets, photographs, artwork and a sophisticated recommendation and curation component.
"We'll be showing a sample of partner equipment in our booth, including Sonos, DCS and Naim. Other partners, such as Anthem and Paradigm will be playing Qobuz exclusively in their dedicated sound rooms, where the best sound quality is paramount," said David Solomon, Chief hi-res music evangelist.
About Qobuz Founded in 2007, Qobuz is a Paris-based commercial online music streaming and download service that addresses the needs of curious and discerning music lovers across the globe as the only true Hi-Res Audio streaming service. Complementing its unparalleled sound quality, Qobuz includes an exceptional range of music genres as well as exclusive editorial content. Qobuz offers subscription to streaming services with CD quality and Hi-Res audio spanning all genres. The service also offers the largest catalogue of 24-bit Hi-Res albums for download.
For more information, visit: www.qobuz.com. >>