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Qobuz streaming service, anyone use it?
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Anyone use this French streaming service? Up till recently is was only available in French but they have recently launched an English version. It does cost a little more than Spotify Premium but offers lossless FLAC, in most other respects it is very similar to Spotify in that you can use it on various devices and has a fairly comprehensive library.

I’ve just signed up for the free trial and tried it on my phone, I look forward to trying it later on a laptop and see if I can get it to work on my Squeezebox Touch with the help of some plugins.

Does anyone have any experience of Qobuz? I suspect my system isn’t quite revealing enough to hear the full benefits but it may well be au revoir to Spotify.

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I've signed up for the free trial too. It is a CD quality, can't hear the difference between qobuz flac's and downloaded flac's.. so yeah, for £19.99 per month one can argue if it makes sense to pay for Spotify premium and Qobuz £30 every month and why not simply spend same money monthly on cd's or flac's.. 

I can only see 7 albums available out of my top 50 releases from 2013 on qobuz and 41 available on Spotify. Spotify works great for me as a album/ artist preview.. I could consider paying qobuz for the flac's quality but the library needs some drastic upgrades... 

if you feel same make them aware of it. it may speed up the process of adding so many missing artists

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I've just got it today so not too sure on depth of library, I suspect it isn't quite up to Spotify level yet but that said I read someone say the reverse to youon the particular albums they looked for and found more on Qobuz.

 

I was listening on iphone app today on a pair of Shure IEM and it souned good, right now I'm at home and I've got the desktop app on a laptop to a Fiio E17 DAC/amp to Grado 325is and it is sounding wonderful, the best I've heard from headphones to date, albeit in my limited experince.

 

Later I'll try it on my Squeezebox to see what it sounds like through my speakers.

 

Be sure to change the settings to lossless as by standard it goes to 320mp3. 

Based on my expeince so far I'll be paying for this service and letting Spotfity go, I'm excited for the future to be honest because there will be so much choice and prices will surely come down.

 

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I've been using it for two months and really like it.  It's terrific for jazz and classical. It's definitely on the expensive side, but I'm using it almost as much as my NAS, so it makes sense for me. 

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This is a Fact Magazine top 50 albums of 2013. Let's see what's available on Spotify and what's on Qobuz:

 S       01. Dean Blunt – The Redeemer (Hippos In Tanks)

         02. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time (Capitol)


S/Q   03. Kanye West – Yeezus (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)


         04. Galcher Lustwerk – 100% Galcher (Blowing Up The…


S       05. Kelela – Cut 4 Me (Fade To Mind)


         06. Stellar OM Source – Joy One Mile (RVNG Intl)


S/Q   07. Kevin Gates – The Luca Brasi Story (Self-released)


         08. Lil Ugly Mane - The Three-Sided Tape Vol. 1 (Self-released)


S       09. DJ Rashad - Rollin’ (Hyperdub)


         10. Omar-S – Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself (FXHE)


S       11. Ka – The Night’s Gambit (Iron Works)


         12. Jai Paul – Leaked Demos (God knows who)


S       13. Logos - Cold Mission (Keysound)


S/Q   14. Colleen – The Weighing of the Heart (Second Language…


S       15. Rome Fortune – Beautiful Pimp (Self-released)


S/Q   16. James Holden – The Inheritors (Border Community)


         17. Mumdance – Twists and Turns (Self-released)


         18. Powell - Untitled (The Death of Rave)


         19. DJ Mustard - Ketchup (Self-released)


S       20. MssingNo – MssingNo (Goon Club Allstars)


S       21. Prurient – Through The Window (Blackest Ever Black)


S       22. The House In The Woods – Bucolica (Exotic Pylon)


         23. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap (self-released)


S       24. Grumbling Fur – Glynnaestra (Thrill Jockey)


         25. MGUN – The Near Future EP (The Trilogy Tapes)


S       26. Syclops – A Blink of an Eye (Running Back)


S       27. Ron Morelli – Spit (Hospital Productions)


S/Q   28. Danny Brown – Old (Fool’s Gold)


S/Q   29. These New Puritans – Field Of Reeds (Infectious)


S/Q   30. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris (Columbia)


S/Q    31. Huerco S – Colonial Patterns (Software)


S/Q    32. FKA twigs – EP2 (Young Turks)


Q       33. Roly Porter – Life Cycle of a Massive Star (Subtext)


S/Q    34. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven (Warp)


          35. Mr Muthafuckin’ eXquire - Kismet (Self-released)


S        36. Laurel Halo – Chance Of Rain (Hyperdub)


          37. Tree – Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out (Self…


S        38. Donato Dozzy - Donato Dozzy Plays Bee Mask (Spectrum..


          39. King Louie - Jeep Music (Self-released)


          40. suicideyear – Japan (Self-released)


S/Q    41. Ciara – Ciara (Epic)


S/Q    42. Drake – Nothing Was The Same (Young Money/Island)


S        43. Vakula – You’ve Never Been To Konotop (Selected 2009-12)


          44. Filter Dread – Space Loops (No Corner)


S        45. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety (Software)


S/Q    46. Autechre - Exai (Warp)


          47. Friendzone – DX (Self-released)


S/Q    48. The Knife - Shaking The Habitual (Brille)


S/Q    49. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz (RCA)


S        50. Cream Juice – Man Feelings (Orange Milk)


 


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Good work! Looks like Spoifty comes out on top in library stakes, that said they are quite young I assume and rapidly expanding since the English version has just had lift off.

 

well I'm not to best on computers and the like and it took me a little while to get it on my squeezebox but it is sounding great epically via the EDO USB output, I did a brief A/B against the laptop to the same DAC (pretty unscientific since no level match) and I think the laptop edged it but almost nothing in it which I'm pleased about. 

 

The he sound is clearly better than Spotify though.

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npoguy wrote:

I've been using it for two months and really like it.  It's terrific for jazz and classical. It's definitely on the expensive side, but I'm using it almost as much as my NAS, so it makes sense for me. 

No, it's not terrific for jazz either... I'm jazz fan too... let's see Spotify vs Qobuz:

 

          1. Cécile McLorin Salvant - Woman Child 

 

S        2. Aaron Diehl - The Bespoke Man’s Narrative 

 

          3. Chris Potter -The Sirens

 

S/Q     4. Wayne Shorter - Without a Net

 

           5. Craig Taborn Trio - Chants

 

           6. Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran - Hagar's Song

 

           7.  Steve Coleman & Five Elements - Functional Arrhythmias

 

           8. Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Shadow Man

 

S         9. Dave Douglas - Time Travel

 

S         10. Terence Blanchard - Magnetic

 

S/Q     11. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society - Brooklyn Babylon

 

S         12. Mary Halvorson Septet - Illusionary Sea

 

           13. Chris Potter, Sirens

 

S/Q     14. Joe Lovano, Cross Culture

 

   Q     15. Rudresh Mahanthappa, Gamak

 

S         16. Matthew Shipp, Piano Sutras

 

           17. Wadada Leo Smith & TUMO - Occupy the World

 

           18. Barry Altschul, The 3dom Factor

 

S/Q      19. Gregory Porter, Liquid Spirit

 

S/Q      20. Dave Holland, Prism

 

            21. Matana Roberts, COIN COIN Chapter Two:  

               Mississippi Moonchile

 

S          22. Frank Wess, Magic 101

 

S/Q       23. Ahmad Jamal, Saturday Morning

 

             24. Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd, Holding It Down: The 

               Veterans' Dreams Project

 

 

             25. Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystals, Aquarius

 

... tired of typing, but the list is longer and only half what's available on Spotify is on Qobuz. 

You can get classic jazz albums/ artists for peanuts [ flac's of course], so no reason for me to pay £19.99. 

Same apply to Qobuz classic selection and again flac's are cheap or free. 

So Qobuz - £19.99 per month - flac - poor catalogue - you don't own the music 

vs

downloads from anywhere - free to £4, £9 per download - flac - biggest catalogue - and the music is yours forever [ just don't forget to make two copies in case your HD die] 

 

 

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Looks too expensive for me, I'm using Deezer free at the moment and Spotify.

 

Does Qobuz have groups like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin?

 

Spotify is quite good for jazz esp. the older stuff.

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Not sure to be honest (not by it now) although I think it does sound quite a lot better than Spotify, I've got a while left on the free trial so will live with both for now but Qobuz is leading the way, since my laptop is not working right now steaming from one of these services has become my only source so quality is crucial, Spotify is very good but now trying Q has that bit extra sparkle and separation. 

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I have both Spotify Premium and Qobuz Hi-Fi version and I simply enjoy Q a lot more.  It has what I want most of the time--especially with Classical and generally with Jazz--older than most of the things you list above.  I was first drawn to it because it had the Harmonia Mundi catalog, so that was primary.  The sound quality on Q is in a different league, so that adds to the appeal.

BTW, I still use Spotify for pop and things I can't find on Q, but I'll probably take it down to a free version at some point.  Just one man's opinion!

 

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Hey npoguy, good to hear from another user. I notice you list a SBT in your signature, can you access Q via mysqueezebox.com? I'm only able to find it on my Touch when connected to my laptop as a server.

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I gave up on using the SBT for Qobuz.  I'm playing the Q desktop through my MacBook Pro.  I'm thinking about ditching the SBT at some point and I heard Sonos has Q integration, but I can't find it on the webstie--maybe only in Europe right now?  

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Fair enough. Qobuz have the Sonos logo on their website and have read that it is officially supported. I wonder if a little net book might be an option for me.

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npoguy wrote:

I have both Spotify Premium and Qobuz Hi-Fi version and I simply enjoy Q a lot more.  It has what I want most of the time--especially with Classical and generally with Jazz--older than most of the things you list above.  I was first drawn to it because it had the Harmonia Mundi catalog, so that was primary.  The sound quality on Q is in a different league, so that adds to the appeal.

BTW, I still use Spotify for pop and things I can't find on Q, but I'll probably take it down to a free version at some point.  Just one man's opinion!

 

Qobuz sound quality is excellent.. I only hope they'll upgrade their library A LOT and I'll be moving from Spotify... 

Do you stream Qobuz/ Spotify from your MacBook Pro via Airplay? I've noticed strange behaviour.. Since I've installed Qobuz Desktop on my MacBook Airplay works but now always. It crashes, can't get it work once I stop streaming... Just uninstalled Qobuz and Airplay works everytime like before. 

Qobuz needs introduce ' set the same volume levels for all tracks' feature cause otherwise playlists with songs from different artist/ albums won't play nice at all as a set. 

Keep sending them emails with suggestion.. chances are we'll get what we want.

 

 

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I stream via Airplay at times, but mostly through the digital out from the MBP.  I did notice a couple of times that the desktop app just stops or stutters. I may try your suggestion and reload.  It's only done it a couple times, so not a major issue.  I'm hoping that when it comes the US officially, we might see an upgrade and possibly a price reduction?  It's about $28/month right now--I'll bet it comes down to $19.99 when it rolls out.  

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Two days left to see what's the new flac streaming service - WIMP HI FI - have to offer

http://wimp.dk/wweb/specials/lossless/

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