The world’s first and only certified Hi-Res (24-bit/up to 192 kHz) streaming service has launched in the United States.
Paris-based Qobuz is a streaming service and download store with around 40 million CD-quality (16-bit) tracks and millions of hi-res (24-bit/ 192 kHz) titles. According to Qobuz, it is the largest available selection of hi-res streaming tracks available anywhere.
Qobuz originally launched in Europe back in 2007 as a streaming and download service for music connoisseurs looking for the highest possible audio quality. Qobuz will compete alongside Tidal, the other high-resolution music streaming service.
Improvements in bandwidth speed, Internet infrastructure and the availability of affordable speakers and audio gear all point towards a tipping point for the growing high-end audio market. Pricing is tiered according to the audio quality desired:
- 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).