Qobuz Brings High-Res Online Music Service to the U.S.

January 5 2018, 04:00
European online music streaming and downloading service, Qobuz announced it’s going to be available in the United States in mid-2018. Qobuz offers an extensive music catalog of 40-million tracks and is the only service to offer over one-million high-resolution tracks for download. Qobuz works on MacOS, Windows, iOS and Android operating systems, and is integrated with the most prestigious Hi-Fi and multiroom audio brands.

Founded in 2007, in France, Qobuz is an online music streaming and downloading service, currently available in 11 European countries. 

"We are absolutely thrilled with the idea of offering American music lovers our extraordinary online music service,” states Denis Thébaud, Qobuz president. “Our team is made up of dedicated, knowledgeable discographers, who, day after day, sift through our catalogue, to bring the past to life and to discover new great talent. They help our users unearth discoveries in all musical genres. Qobuz is a specialist in all genres. We look forward to bringing our service to the American audiophile."

In addition to passionate music lovers – regardless of genre – the Qobuz high-end music service is aimed at two other segments of the public. The first segment is art and culture enthusiasts, who are eager to enjoy a cultural vision of musical heritage. In Europe, Qobuz has gained a solid reputation among fans of classical, jazz, and heritage genres such as classic rock. The other segment Qobuz targets is informed music lovers, who want to enjoy the best possible sound quality to satisfy their acute ears and sophisticated equipment.

Qobuz produces its own editorial content, including hundreds of thousands of album reviews, introductory articles to the artist's discographies, biographical portraits, and exclusive photographs, art, and videos. This independent and original editorial line encourages the musical curiosity of its users and creates a recommendation system that is completely unique from others.

Qobuz offers an extensive music catalog with 40-million tracks. It has the rights to an entire range of major and independent record labels around the world. It always offers this content in a quality that is superior to most other platforms, at the very least in FLAC Open-Source format at 16-bit/44.1 kHz quality, similar to CD quality, and far superior to typical lossy (such as MP3) streaming music services.

Qobuz has unparalleled expertise in the field of Hi-Res music and offers a huge Hi-Res (24-bit up to 192 kHz) catalog of one-million tracks (80,000 albums). All of it is available for downloading, without any up-sampling or re-encoding. Qobuz also offers lossless high quality streaming at CD-quality (Qobuz Hi-Fi: FLAC 16-bit / 44.1 kHz) of those hi-res files.

Qobuz is a comprehensive service offering both streaming – up to Hi-Res quality and without concession, and "pay-as-you-go" downloads. It offers users a full range of applications for listening on-the-go or at home. These include PC, Mac, and Windows; and both iOS and Android smartphones or tablets. These applications offer unique features, such as providing access to digital album booklets in every streaming subscription.

Qobuz is available for Hi-Res streaming on connected audio systems such as ChromeCast Built-in enabled products by Sony, Naim, JBL, Harman Kardon, LG, B&O Play, Philips, Vizio, Pioneer, Onkyo, Grundig, Polk, Raumfeld; Multi-room audio brands such as Sonos, Yamaha MusicCast, Bluesound, Devialet, Linn and Samsung; And High-end brands such as Mark Levinson, Auralic, Aurender, Lumin, T+A, AVM, Burmester, Esoteric and Sim Audio.

It is compatible with DTS Play-Fi and all brands associated, such as McIntosh, Sonus Faber, Paradigm, Phorus, Rotel, Thiel, Anthem, Arcam, Definitive technology, Klipsch, Martin Logan, Dish, and many more.

Moreover, Qobuz can be played via Bluetooth, Airplay and third party applications BubbleUPnP (Android), USB Audio Player Pro (Android), mConnect (iOS & Android), Audirvana (Mac), Kodi, and Hercules Djuced.

Qobuz exhibits at CES 2018 in the Digital Entertainment Groups Hi-Res Pavilion, Booth #14735, Central Hall.
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