Qobuz and Gramophone

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Qobuz and Gramophone

Up until recently I've been a bit dubious about the whole idea of streaming music.  I've been buying records, then CDs, for over 50 years, so the idea of owning a physical object has become firmly embedded, quite apart from issues of sound quality.

 

However, I've been tryng the Qobuz Hi-Fi service for the last three weeks and have been completely won over.  The sound quality is easily as good as my CDs and the range of music on offer superb, plus Qobuz seems to be run by people who have a real feeling for music.

 

I wondered if others had tried the service, and also what are the implications of the partnership between Gramophone and Qobuz for Gramophone Club members.

 

Chris

 

(a new Gramophone Digital Club subscriber)

 

 

I'm also a fan of Qobuz - the

I'm also a fan of Qobuz - the sound quality of the stream is definately superior to other music services such as Spotify. Just waiting for more people to join so that the £20/ month subscription might reduce :-)

I think a reduction is

I think a reduction is unlikely given recent news of financial cliffs, etc.

There is a classical-only option at £15 per month that I use - the price of one CD for access to almost all of them!

Yes, indeed.  It's worrying

Yes, indeed.  It's worrying if Qobuz can't sustain the business at the current subscription.  Like Vic, I think this very reasonable for what you actually get.

 

The only real compaint is the playback of some gapless albums, e.g. the Janowski Ring which has noticeable breaks at crucial moments.  But apparently Qobuz are working on this, and it seems to be a problem common to all streaming services, even DG's new app.

 

Chris

 

Chris

Richard

One advantage of devices may be that they can rid intra-Act Wagner gaps (eg CD as is). The thumb drive Ring of Barenboim may be an option too.

cwimlett wrote:

cwimlett wrote:

Yes, indeed.  It's worrying if Qobuz can't sustain the business at the current subscription.  Like Vic, I think this very reasonable for what you actually get.

 

The only real compaint is the playback of some gapless albums, e.g. the Janowski Ring which has noticeable breaks at crucial moments.  But apparently Qobuz are working on this, and it seems to be a problem common to all streaming services, even DG's new app.

 

Chris

 

Chris

 

Chris

assuming you're using the CD quality FLAC service, there's a setting which enables gapless. Are you sure you've got it set right?

Paul

Paul,

Paul,

 

Thanks yes, I've got gapless set, and mostly it works well.  It's just certain albums that seem to have a glitch between tracks.  Other examples where I'm having trouble are Neeme Järvi's recording of Harris's 3rd Symphony on Chandos and Markevitch's La Damnation de Faust.  Have you tried these?

 

Chris

Well it would have been

Well it would have been pretty remarkable if I had! I can't even locate the Jarvi Harris (though Qobuz's search functionality isn't that great yet), but on your behalf I've just tried a few tracks of Faust - and I'm afraid I've been unable to replicate your problem.

Thanks Paul, it looks like

Thanks Paul, it looks like something with my setup then - I'll investigate.  I must admit I came across the Harris by chance.  It's coupled with Copland's Symphony No. 3, details are:-

 

https://www.chandos.net/details06.asp?CNumber=CHAN%209474

All of the Chandos Records

All of the Chandos Records catalog have disappeared from Qobuz, this was also confirmed by Qobuz customer service: 

 

"Thanks for your message. We are in discussion with Chandos to reinstate the catalog.

We will let you know more about this as soon as we have details from the label.

Thank you for your understanding."

 

Which is quite unfortunate, I've been enjoying a number of their releases. That's the problem with streaming services, you don't own the music they are offering.   

Already said.

I (and few others) have said that before (in another thread), arank, but they didn't believe me or simply overlook the fact that leasing is not ownership and contracts can change things at any time. You get only access to what is offered, as long as  it is offered and only the way it is offered (SACD, blue ray and any type of recording streamed in the same uniform way). It is an option to listen to music, of course...

Parla

 

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