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I wonder if the Qobuz AU catalog is still being expanded and whether we can expect the less mainstream and Indy artists to have greater representation?

Something I was enjoying on Tidal AU was Norwegian artist Beady Belle (Beate S. Lech/Bugge Wesseltoft). 

No titles on Qobuz AU, but I can see albums are available on Qobuz in European countries. Doesn't look like I have the option to purchase the albums I'm interested in via Qobuz either. Kind of annoying.

 

Edit: Actually the albums I'm after are available on zdigital.com.au, and pretty good prices too: https://www.zdigital.com.au/search/release?q=beady belle&f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

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If Qobuz comes through with a radio service it lifts the game considerably.  I think the Spotify affection is also borne out of the fact it offers suggestions in line with actual listening habits.  Ti

Hello folks,   I've spent a fair bit of time over the last 3 - 4 days comparing Qobuz with Tidal and I find the Qobuz Hi Res files more to my liking compared to the same MQA file delivered v

I was a Qobuz subscriber for years, then switched to Tidal when it arrived in Australia.  I've now  been a Qobuz sublime subcriber for 2 year.  Buying hirez albums as a Sublime subscriber are cheaper

49 minutes ago, Tobes said:

I wonder if the Qobuz AU catalog is still being expanded and whether we can expect the less mainstream and Indy artists to have greater representation?

Something I was enjoying on Tidal AU was Norwegian artist Beady Belle (Beate S. Lech/Bugge Wesseltoft). 

No titles on Qobuz AU, but I can see albums are available on Qobuz in European countries. Doesn't look like I have the option to purchase the albums I'm interested in via Qobuz either. Kind of annoying.

 

Edit: Actually the albums I'm after are available on zdigital.com.au, and pretty good prices too: https://www.zdigital.com.au/search/release?q=beady belle&f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2


I have had the same experience when trying to find some of my favourite artists on Qobuz. The albums I want to buy are available on Qobuz downloads but only to overseas customers. As soon as I log in to try and make the purchase it won’t let me buy those particular albums.

 

Like you, I’m really hoping they add to the catalog. For now I have the 3 month Deezer trial to fill in the gaps, and will probably just go with Qobuz on a month by month basis for access to their Hi-Res versions of music.. which to me sound much better than Deezer’s CD quality and a bit better than Tidal

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1 hour ago, Chris.chapterten said:

Like you, I’m really hoping they add to the catalog. For now I have the 3 month Deezer trial to fill in the gaps, and will probably just go with Qobuz on a month by month basis for access to their Hi-Res versions of music.. which to me sound much better than Deezer’s CD quality and a bit better than Tidal

Maybe I should sign up for the free Deezer trial to plug some gaps in the interim - I have Spotify so I can still listen to the music in a lower quality. 

I mostly listen with Roon though, so that limits me to Tidal or Qobuz at the moment - Qobuz is my choice out of those two. I started my Qobuz trial on 01/04 so I've now payed up for the yearly subscription to Qobuz Studio, hopefully the gaps start to fill out. 

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On 04/05/2021 at 1:20 PM, wolster said:

 

Apologies. I should have clarified. I am able, in the Qobuz app, to select my active speakers that have a built-in streamer. 

Nice. Is that 'Chromecast Built-in' in your speakers' streamer?

 

Which speakers?

 

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10 hours ago, rand129678 said:

Nice. Is that 'Chromecast Built-in' in your speakers' streamer?

 

Which speakers?

 

 

KEF LS50 Wireless ll - and, yes, Chomecast is built in. Works well.

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I'm on a months trial. I love the  quality of the music that they have so far. It's a step up from Apple Music, however the "experience" is pretty awful. The app is terrible compared to Apple Music. I found an awesome Quobuz playlist on the website before I logged in, logged in and could not find it again - I guess their playlists are region limited which totally sucks.

Also their catalogue needs a LOT of work.  They only have three Therion albums. Their Dire Straits catalogue is only CD quality. Leaves a bit to be desired.

 

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A week or so into a Qobuz trial and I have to say that Tidal sounds better excluding the high res content. I only stream with no stored music.

 

I find that Qobuz has more weight to it but the upper registers are hard and ragged.

 

The lag when navigating via Ipeng with my Innuos is a small inconvenience too.

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3 hours ago, Gryffles said:

find that Qobuz has more weight to it but the upper registers are hard and ragged

Not sure what could be causing this impression.

I heard nothing like this in my comparisons to Tidal. 

Nor have I heard anyone else report this. Maybe check your settings?

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1 hour ago, Tobes said:

Not sure what could be causing this impression.

I heard nothing like this in my comparisons to Tidal. 

Nor have I heard anyone else report this. Maybe check your settings?

Can you be more specific re settings?

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1 hour ago, Gryffles said:

Can you be more specific re settings?

Well the first thing that comes to mind is to check Qobuz is in high quality mode - ie not streaming MP3 quality (unlikely I know).

It might be helpful for you to identify some tracks you've heard sounding 'ragged' to see if anyone else can duplicate your results - or are you saying all tracks sound ragged in the highs compared to Tidal (which would be weird)? 

What player(s) are you using?

Are you doing any upsampling or just sending native rates to your dac? 

 

Just trying to get a handle on what might be happening because when I compared Qobuz to Tidal I heard nothing amiss in the highs (in either case) via either my Utopia headphones or ATC speakers. 

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1 hour ago, Tobes said:

Well the first thing that comes to mind is to check Qobuz is in high quality mode - ie not streaming MP3 quality (unlikely I know).

It might be helpful for you to identify some tracks you've heard sounding 'ragged' to see if anyone else can duplicate your results - or are you saying all tracks sound ragged in the highs compared to Tidal (which would be weird)? 

What player(s) are you using?

Are you doing any upsampling or just sending native rates to your dac? 

 

Just trying to get a handle on what might be happening because when I compared Qobuz to Tidal I heard nothing amiss in the highs (in either case) via either my Utopia headphones or ATC speakers. 

Qobuz is in high quality mode as it's a trial of the premium subscription. I haven't taken note of particular tracks but I can moving forward. I'll try some well known tracks and compare. I've only had it a week so I can't say all tracks but I have certainly noticed it and swapped back to Tidal today and it was better. The Hi Res tracks in Qobuz don't exhibit the problem for me whatever that's worth

 

No upsampling and it just goes from my Innuos Zen to Line Magnetic dac.

 

 

 

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