QoBuz by David Hicks


High-resolution audio is generally defined as music files that have a higher sampling frequency and/or bit depth than that of Compact Disc Digital Audio, which is specified at 16 bit/44.1 kHz.    The directors of the SFAS have been given early access to Qobuz (pronounced Co-buz) Sublime+ service so that we could experience the World’s highest resolution streaming service.  My early listening sessions have all been positive as far as the sound quality is concerned. But then, I prefer to listen to my music played back at a higher resolution even when the music I’m listening to is being streamed.  I’m also excited for the North American launch when I’ll be able to purchase high-resolution files directly from Qobuz.

Founded in 2007 in Paris, Qobuz (www.qobuz.com) has been available in 11 European countries, but now, they are taking aim at Tidal and every other streaming service in the North American market.  If you’re going to the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) in October, you’ll get to experience just how great true high-resolution streaming audio can sound.  Qobuz has been named the Official High-Resolution Streaming Service for this year’s RMAF, CAF, NYAS, and Axpona.   Qobuz has a music catalog with 40-million tracks, with over two million of those tracks in hi-res (24-bit up to 192kHz) FLAC streamable files.  Poor internet connection?  No problem. You can also download the files directly to your computer, or purchase files directly if you want to buy them.  At least, you will be able to when they officially launch their US platform.

Stay tuned for more reviews and impressions. The exact US release date is not known, but it is promised for the fourth quarter of 2018 and hoped for by the end of October.  Sublime+ service is anticipated at $25 a month and gives you access to all of the files.

David Hicks

3 thoughts on “QoBuz by David Hicks

  1. I’m a subscriber to the Beta Version of Qobuz USA. So far I’ve been very pleased with it. I plan to transfer my favorites via Soundiiz from Tidal to Qobuz but Qobuz recommended that I wait a few weeks until they get more of their distributors on board.

  2. Ahh, but everything is not as I’ve written it above. I may have maligned MQA and their version of hi-rez delivery. Stay tuned for a more comprehensive discussion of bit rates, PCM, MQA, and Hi-rez formats coming soon to this space and the MUSE.
    ALSO- please reply if you are interested in having an event with Ken Forsythe who is USA-based and works for MQA. I, myself would be very interested in hearing an explanation of the entire MQA chain of transmission and reproduction (disclaimer: I am working on buying a new DAC that has MQA decoding) and Ken sounds like someone who would be able to give us all the details! Getting John Atkinson to come too may be more than we could ask unless you’re a personal friend and could invite him

    Keep listening and SAY TUNED.

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