Not really, but it does suggest we can’t dismiss high sampling rate As of the completion of this article, I still was having these problems (though it seems each firmware and software update resolved some of these issues). Food for thought when you see older audiophiles debating the merits of exotic cables and how they affect the sound of their systems.

Sometimes competition can ultimately lead to the failure of all options, leaving the consumer with no choices whatsoever. Since launching in 2017, the service has been revamped and now claims to offer over 3.5million classical music tracks – including a good few you won't find elsewhere. Plus, people might shun me at the audio shows and events I attend if I’m not using the hottest new thing, and Qobuz is the hottest new streaming service on the block. I am already seeing other media outlets proclaim Qobuz as another streaming service offering the same service like Spotify or Apple for much more money, and again I say, they just don’t get it.

However, I am not sure why I would want to buy downloads.

Ease of use is exemplary and sound quality is exceptional across the board, with the CD-quality streams displaying great levels of detail and expression and hi-res recordings taking this up a level. Qobuz is  $9.99 a month for their basic lossy service, but they offer a discount to $99 a year if you pay for the entire year. In fact, it was hard to tell the difference between the high-resolution tracks from either and that of the Red book CD-quality tracks. Cost: £9.99/mth or £19.99/mth (HiFi tier) | Quality: 320kbps, CD-quality streaming, 24-bit/96kHz | Files: FLAC, AAC | Library size: 60 million+, 170,000+ hi-res audio | Platforms: iOS and Android apps, desktop app, web player. I used to spend hours in my bedroom making mix-tapes I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, when we thought mix-tapes were cool. All Rights Reserved. I have tried Tidal and Deezer in the past and they never did it for me, so I thought I would check Amazon's latest and Qobuz. There is more roll-off of the high-frequency noise near the 48khz limit. I had a lot of problems with dropouts on Qobuz while using the iOS phone app or the SONOS integration. In order to take advantage of Amazon Ultra HD hi-res quality (lossless 24bit/192kHz resolution), your device must support it. I had no way to blind myself to the apps, and I certainly wouldn’t want to place a wager on any differences I heard. You can access Tidal through iOS, Android, desktop, all of which offer hi-res streams, as well as a browser based player and a good spread of other platforms, such as Sonos. Besides CD-quality streams, as part of Tidal's £20 per month HiFi package you can access millions of hi-res audio tracks, which are typically 24-bit/96kHz, but do go up to 24-bit/192kHz. Overall, I find the user interface for Qobuz to be similar (In general, I find all the modern streaming services similar) to Tidal. Clearly, but they all appear in ways that I suspect cannot be audible. I was convinced from these comparisons that I could not live with these lossy services. What Amazon is offering (for now at least - more of that in a bit) is not new. When Tidal began offering Master Quality Sound, which used MQA encoding, a supposedly lossless perceptual coding system which could provide High-Resolution sound in above CD quality, I thought of it as a bonus. This thread popped up when queried. Deezer does have one up ace up its sleeve: 360 Reality Audio tracks. Napster is the only service that pays the artists more than TIDAL.

The latter, the 'Platinum' tier, is cheaper than rival 24-bit offerings, though of course the focus is much narrower. The go-to app for anyone interested in classical music, Cost: £8/mth, £80/yr (MP3-quality) / £15/mth, £150/yr (hi-res audio) | Quality: 320kbps, 24-bit | Files: MP3, FLAC | Library size: 1 million+ | Platforms: iOS and Android apps, web player. Compared to Tidal, Qobuz had significant problems, often with the app failing to start the music, pausing, drop-outs, with poor overall quality and stability issues. If your limit is £10 per month, Spotify delivers the most comprehensive and complete experience we've come across, and even offers a 50% discount for students. This increase in quality does come with an increase in subscription cost though. Spotify I'd use for its excellent discovery, but if I find a track I really like, I search it on Amazon HD. The Amazon "CD quality" on web was not discernible to me vs GPM. Qobuz brought up everything with “Nash” in the name. The user-interface is solid and the search function is terrific, turning up long-lost musical gems through its video vaults.

But on other tracks I prefer the lossless 16 bit over a lossy 24 bit as the MQA tracks I can still pick out artifacts from the compression. This is exactly why I love streaming services so much. The results can be so bad that sometimes its easier to search the store and move the album over to your personal library than search unlimited. This brings us back to Qobuz; a service that provides the music I love in a format that is guaranteed to do no harm. What's more, Primephonic is welcoming not only to those who know what they’re looking for, but to those who are looking to explore the genre from a standing start. “Why do we need another streaming service?” You ask. But I have to emphasize, at least to my ears, the difference between all of these is really really really subtle. Are there differences?

GPM has the best interface and sounds great. There's a wide range of streaming services to choose from, with those such as Amazon, Apple, Spotify and our 2020 Award-winning service Tidal offering unlimited access to huge catalogues of music, which can be streamed over the internet or a mobile network, or downloaded directly to your device for offline listening. If I was a hip-hop fan, well then maybe. I suppose, and if my readers have ideas, I’m open to further exploration.


In this article, we compare Qobuz and Tidal streaming services to determine which is the best fit for your audiophile needs.

Quobuz and Amazon Music HD offers lossless 24bit 96khz and up music.

And the more you listen, the more the playlists evolve – a compelling reason to choose Spotify as your streaming service. I was unable to find a reliable source with the exact size of the catalog for Apple or Spotify, but best I can tell, it appears to be around 45 million songs for Apple and over 35 million songs for Spotify.

I have my theory about why high sampling rates might be audibly superior, and it isn’t that we can hear past 20 kHz.

The major players in streaming audio (Apple, Spotify, and Amazon) use a lossy compression algorithm that deteriorates the sound of the streaming service. Some slight texture differences on deep bass and high treble and the sound of decay. It costs a competitive £10 per month, or you can pay an annual fee of £99. Their web player is the worst -- like seriously embarrassing.

Why would you want or need High-Resolution sound at 24 bit or 192 kHz is another topic, and although I will delve into it briefly here, it is far too big of a topic (and far too unsettled) to go into with any depth in the scope of this article. Qobuz slightly better than GPM. I captured the streams into Audacity as 24 bit, 192khz files (regardless of the stream quality).

It has on screen lyrics too, so this makes the perfect companion for an Android TV box connected to your TV and your DAC and HiFi... LOVE IT!!!

Tidal does allow you to download some of your favorite music and play it back via their app which is useful when you're on an airplane and have no wi-fi. If you are interested, here are my observations: General Usability: GPM spoils you here. I know some folks lose sleep over this stuff. Pro. © At the intro to this article, I noted that I might be switching to Qobuz.
Problem is, the quality of the competition remains an issue: Spotify and Apple Music are the mass market titans to tackle, and both already offer five-star services. Impressions of Qobuz vs Amazon Music Unlimited HD for lossless (and Google Play Music) Discussion.

To me, it was a dream to someday have as large a music collection as my father, so I could listen to so much great music any time I wanted. I went from Spotify to Amazon HD to Qobuz and then back to Amazon HD. I played a range of music from classic rock from Elton John, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, to pop music from Michael Jackson, Ariana Grande, and Phil Collins, and classical and Jazz that I thought might take advantage of the High-Resolution format. Why?

As good as I’ve As we get older, our ability to hear high frequencies diminish by the following rate: 20925 - (age x 166) = max Frequency you can hear. He provides down to earth explanations of complex scientific topics related to audio reproduction. audibly distinguishable.

I have to wonder what they are listening to. Further, we can recreate the fun of those mix-tapes with playlists- the modern equivalent.

I love music and never have I had so much access to music as I have with streaming services. The software was glitchy at times and is not well integrated into most of my hardware.

This is a sign of bad advertising on Tidal’s part or bad misinformation from the media (Fake News maybe). Hopefully this helps someone. What about tidal? Best music streaming services Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi? Tidal being the bigger offender in this regard. Copyright © 1998–2020 Audioholics, LLC. The only thing I couldn’t find was typically obscure stuff not available on any of the streaming services (Shades of Dring, Lewis Nash, etc.). If you read this review carefully, you will see that, while there are some technical advantages to Qobuz, my experience with it was that it sounded just as good as Tidal, my current reference streaming service, but not necessarily better. Amazon slightly better than Qobuz (though from the mac app only). However, like many, when I began listening to MQA encoded streams on Tidal, I didn’t walk away all that impressed.

I had written off Tidal because both Qobuz and Amazon were offering all the same music selection (in terms of what I listened to anyway) at a much lower price (12-14 a month vs 20 a month). Several reviewers and friends I have talked to have indicated that the streaming services such as Tidal and Qobuz do not sound as good as CD and should not be used for serious listening.

I would like to try Amazon music HD but cannot seem to find anyway of benefiting from the HD quality on my AV receiver. It is not perceptually lossless, it’s actually lossless. IE.