Qobuz Officially Launches in the US

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Qobuz Officially Launches in the US

After a whole lot of buzz and a good amount of time in beta testing, the new (to us in the Colonies) high-resolution streaming/download service Qobuz has officially launched in the US. This come hot on the heels of integration with Roon, as well as CarPlay.

More details directly from Qobuz:

Qobuz, the world's first and only certified Hi-Res (24-bit/up to�192 kHz) streaming service, publicly launches today in the US.�A hybrid streaming service and download store, Qobuz�boasts�approximately forty million CD-quality (16-bit) and millions of Hi-Res (24-bit/�192 kHz) tracks, the largest available selection of Hi-Res streaming tracks anywhere.

More on the Qobuz streaming experience�here.
More on the Qobuz download store�here.

Since its launch in 2007 in Europe, where it is the streaming and download service of choice�for true music�connoisseurs�looking for the highest possible quality, US audiophiles have been eagerly awaiting Qobuz's arrival stateside.

Qobuz is poised to capitalize on the modern developments making�high quality�audio available to a fast-widening audience looking for a higher-level listening experience. Improvements in bandwidth speed and Internet infrastructure and the introduction of affordable speakers and audio equipment represent an accessibility tipping point in the growing high-end audio market.

Qobuz is on all app stores, and a summary of its features is below.

Streaming in up to 24-bit/192 kHz true Hi-Res FLAC (about 29x the audio quality of MP3) with compatible gear.

The option to stream and offline download an unlimited amount of music on all devices-including both mobile and desktop.

A parallel Hi-Res download store with files for purchase allowing for options that flow substantial revenues back to creators- premium pricing for Hi-Res masters is a growth area for record labels.

Exclusive, curated, and in-depth editorial content. Deep metadata, complete digital booklets, interactive articles, reviews, and playlists in-app on every platform.

Library spans all genres, including specialist areas like jazz and classical

Unique dynamic interface allows user-selected genre focus. Qobuz' experts highlight music of interest based on user choices.�

Full Roon version 1.6 integration available.

Here's what the audiophiles are saying:

The LA Times called it "the greatest record store that has ever existed."

Sound & Vision said that Qobuz's subscription fee is "a small price to pay for a high-quality aural buzz you'll crave time and time again."

Audiophile site Darko Audio�said�"The big story this year is the arrival of Qobuz to American shores."

Stereophile said "When I compare Qobuz' 44.1 sound to [lower-res] ... I feel certain I will carry weapons and fight on the front lines to make sure Hi-Res streaming is here to stay."

Audiophile Review raved, "If musical availability and�streamed�quality mattered most ... I would choose Qobuz."

Owner and�chairmain�of Qobuz, Denis Th�baud, said "I am very proud of our United States launch. Our teams have been working brilliantly for over a year with our recording and publishing partners to get to this point. I am convinced that what we have to offer, on both the streaming and download markets, will be a success amongst American music lovers." Dan Mackta, Managing Director of Qobuz USA, added "I'm thrilled to be introducing Qobuz to the US, and I look forward to working with the music community to spread the word about streaming without sacrifice. It's all about the quality!"

Pricing plans are below:

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 / 192�kHz) download store.

Studio: $24.99/month for unlimited Hi-Res (24-bit /up to 192�kHz) streaming ($249.99 annually).

Hi-Fi: $19.99/month for streaming including 16-bit CD quality streaming ($199.99 annually).

Premium: $9.99/month for 320 kbps MP3 quality streaming ($99.99 annually).�

Additional Resources
� Visit the�Qobuz websitefor more product information.
� Read�Ready or Not, Qobuz Is Here, Almost...�at AudiophileReview.com.

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