Qobuz introduces Qobuz Duo

  • 2 December 2021
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I love seeing all the developments in the music industry. 
 

 


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How good is Qobuz service if I may ask? Where it is open, never heard of that.

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How good is Qobuz service if I may ask? Where it is open, never heard of that.

Short version: Sound quality is outstanding. Feature set is lackluster. 
 

The service is available in 18 countries, including Finland. 
 

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I did look at the Qobuz service.

It sells at 12,50 euros here which is the most expensive hifi for now in area.

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I did look at the Qobuz service.

It sells at 12,50 euros here which is the most expensive hifi for now in area.

Qobuz is $12.99/mo here in the US, so more than most services here, but less than deezer hifi at $14.99/mo.

The feature set isn’t even close, though. No daily mixes, track radio, artist radio, songcatcher, or flow. They are just now rolling out autoplay and everyone is excited, because they can use it as sort of a track radio, it’s that desperate.

It has curated playlists, but most are (for me) obscure artists I don’t even recognize. The library has holes in it that I can’t ignore. They currently have no Rammstein, and only one album by Bruddah Iz. A month or so ago when I was doing a 1-month subscription with them, I was reading liner notes about the artist I was listening to, and the notes were talking about one of the artist’s best albums. So I decided to listen to it, but guess what, Qobuz didn't even have the album. You know who did have it, though? Deezer did.

Qobuz has no compatibility with Echo devices, the biggest-selling smart speakers, globally. The iOS app is clunky and slow, someone compared it to using dial-up and they aren’t wrong. It crashes frequently and it tends to stop when I try to use it in the car.

Most folks who are using it (there aren’t many, 200k in total) use Roon (at an additional cost) to circumvent the UI and are listening on high-end equipment and/or headphones at home. That’s just not me, I like to take my music with me, even around the house.

It feels like you are browsing in an old record shop, for better or for worse. The sound quality is good and the liner notes are excellent, but It’s not for me. I do a month at a time every so often, but every time I am reminded why I drop it. I’ll take deezer premium over Qobuz any time, to say nothing of deezer hifi.

Cheers HP,

G

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Qobuz I looked out again.

They claim to have in FI 12,50 euros for Hi Fi 24 bit. I wonder if Deezer is 16 Bit only. The bad thing is, it’s almost fast advertising, is that it is only when 12 paid in advanced. 14,99 normal price.

I looked also for review and guy started moaning about bad stuff at Qobuz.

I was looking at other options fast after that.

He said Qobuz is not worth the money, if you need to also discover music, the man page offered him last year releases as new. He claimed that Search is even worse than one on Deezer, which works luxuriously compared to Qobuz one. They do handle sound well, but their apps are not so appealing.

Thanks for letting us know about qobuz.

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Qobuz I looked out again.

Thanks for letting us know about qobuz.

You bet.

John Darko also says only 10% of the Qobuz catalog is hi-res and, as you saw in your video, Qobuz is even playing a bit fast and loose with the term “hi-res.”
 

I’ve said before that I think that CD quality is the sweet spot and I stand by that. 
 

Having said that, I am a deezer premium subscriber, I have lossless turned off on my Apple Music, and my Spotify account is set to 320 OGG. 
 

I prefer to enjoy music rather than to dwell on numbers. 

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