My wife would like to take credit for it (and she’s probably right because she does pay the credit card bills), but I some weeks ago ordered the 50th anniversary boxed set of the Beatles “White Album” as a Christmas […]
“Do you know when Qobuz is launching in the USA?” This question has landed in my inbox several times a week ever since the French music streaming service previously announced it would be formally flipping the switch on the USA in October.
And yet Qobuz’s RMAF 2018 presence was more low-key than many expected and, crucially, went without a launch or mention of ‘when’.
This week, Qobuz has announced that their Stateside debut will happen sometime in ‘early 2019’ with the following four pricing tiers:
- Sublime+: $299.99/year for full Hi-Res streaming and substantial (40-60%) discounts on purchases from the Qobuz Hi-Res (up to 24-bit / 192kHz) download store
- Studio: $24.99/month for unlimited Hi-Res (24-bit /up to 192kHz) streaming ($249.99 annually)
- Hi-Fi: $19.99/month for streaming including 16-bit CD quality streaming ($199.9 annually)
- Premium: $9.99/month for 320 kbps MP3 quality streaming ($99.99 annually)
For hi-res fans, the devil is in the details.… Read the full article
A study by Texas A&M found that on an average, an American spends 38 plus hours per year waiting in traffic. For me, its music that gets me through the grind and takes me to my happy place.
Unfortunatel,y most car audio systems, and even the fancy overpriced audio upgrades from various car manufacturers are disappointing. Very few, if any car audio systems get me excited (except for the B&W system in the Volvo XC90).
We are making our first trip to CEDIA to mix it up this year. CEDIA is home to more than 20,000 home tech pros and 500+ exhibitors who convene to geek out on the latest in connected technology. Internet of things (IoT) devices are invading our homes and more and more all of our prized audio systems are getting connected. In my house it is “Alexa turn on turntable” to get some tunes rolling on my control system.
In the middle of June, I posted a blog titled the HD-Audio Challenge. Readers were encouraged to download six pairs of music tracks, do some careful listening to determine which was the original 96/24 master, and which was a downconversion […]
The Waldrep summer 2018 vacation is over. Mona, Charlie, and I returned to Southern California early last week after driving 5200 miles around the western U.S. — we visited Carmel, sped around Lake Tahoe in a 23 foot skiboat, climbed […]
A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about an event that reported on some of the nonsense demos that happen at trade shows (you can visit the article by clicking here). I deliberately avoided naming the salesperson who demonstrated the “benefits” of expensive — very expensive — power cords and the name of his company out of respect for the hosts. His demo produced audible/measurable increases in the amplitude of identical music selections. A result that is impossible according to the laws of physics.… Read the full article
Already serving European countries, French music streaming service Qobuz (“KO-buzz”) is set to become officially available in the USA, accessible via three subscription tiers.
Pricing is TBC but hardcore audiophiles will likely turn their noses up at Qobuz’ ‘Premium’ tier that streams via a lossy codec (like Spotify or Apple Music). For those who prefer lossless compression, the ‘Hifi’ tier will deliver CD-quality streaming whilst the ‘Sublime’ tier will add hi-res streaming on selected titles for a few dollars more (per month).… Read the full article