Qobuz or Tidal for streaming?

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Qobuz or Tidal for streaming?

i don't know if Vic is still around, but would he and others care to join me in comparing the Qobuz offering with the new Tidal service? Subscribing to the former, I've just taken up a free month with the later. Be useful to compare notes here as to what they offer principally classical listeners.

One instant, and for me major

One instant, and for me major, strike against Tidal. No booklets, as far as I can see, which I consider absolutely essential for classical.

Paul,

Paul,

 

Yes, I'm more than happy to compare experiences as I've signed up for the 1 month trial as well.

 

I agree about the booklets, in fact information is very sparse.  If you click on the information icon against tracks, it often just comes up with a 'no track info for this track' message.  

 

The player on OS X also has fewer features than the Qobuz player, especially when displaying playlists containing multiple albums.  I've also had a few clicks on playback, a thing that hardly ever happens with Qobuz.  Also no reduced Classical only subscription.  At the moment I get a £4.99 student discount for Spotify (through the OU, I'm very old really), which I use alongside Qobuz for non-classical and for listening to the BBC Playlists.

 

The catalogue is interesting.  Tidal seem to have all of the latest Eliot Gardner Bach Cantata series, as opposed to just a selection on Qobuz (at least as far as I can find through Q's search) and I've come across Chandos albums.  On the other hand there are a lot less Furtwängler recordings, for example.

 

The sound is the same as Qobuz as far as I can tell, both definitely superior to Spotify.  Have you noticed any difference?

 

Chris

 

 

Haven't yet spotted any sound

Haven't yet spotted any sound quality difference, though I've hardly started. But I haven't yet had any sound drop-outs, whereas I often do with Qobuz. More to follow.

My wife has just told me that

My wife has just told me that she was having problems with the internet last night, so the dropouts may have been caused by this.  I've done less than two hours listening so far, so will see how it goes.

 

I've noticed that there's an album overview next to the tracks tab, but it's mostly greyed out.  I wonder how detailed this information will be once poplulated.

Bookletless

I agree that track ID can be essential for unfamiliar music, especially works with unstandardized track divisions (e.g. opera), but perhaps this info can be gathered elsewhere.

 

For me, the rest of booklet verbage is likely insufficient for unfamiliar music, and often unuseful for music otherwise.

 

"One instant, and for me major, strike against..." - it (was) baseball season (with some mezzo connections), anyways.

pgraber wrote:

pgraber wrote:

i don't know if Vic is still around, but would he and others care to join me in comparing the Qobuz offering with the new Tidal service? Subscribing to the former, I've just taken up a free month with the later. Be useful to compare notes here as to what they offer principally classical listeners.

 

Hi Paul,

Yes I'm still around - although there's precious little of interest for me here these days.

On Tidal, I did see it but thought it more pop-orientated, so following your comments I will give the trial a go.  Having said that, I am more than happy with Qobuz and use it every day - and for long periods following the arrival of the latest magazines (G and BBC MM).

Thanks for the heads up (as they say).

Vic.

 

In terms of classical

In terms of classical coverage, I'm not (yet) sure there's much to choose between them. Tidal, for instance have the Maria Joao Pires Beethoven Concerti on Onyx, which I couldn't find on Qobuz (though their search functionality - in fact both companies aren't great - could have let me down). Incidentally, I've listened to No 3, and it deserves its Editor's Choice in G.

 

There's no way I'm going to continue subscribing to both - £40 per month is just too much. And I'm out of the country for half of my free trail period on Tidal. So it's going to be an interesting choice. I think Qobuz have a slight lead because of theitr inclusion of (most) booklets - but there's not much to choose between them (yet).

A big plus for Tidal so far

A big plus for Tidal so far is the inclusion of large parts of the Chandos catalogue, many (all?) of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's recordings for example.  I wonder if Qobuz will come to an agreement with Chandos again?

 

Agreed - just discovering

Agreed - just discovering some Chandos. A huge plus for Tidal. This looks a tough choice!

Not to smear more mere shadows...
VicJayL wrote:

there's precious little of interest for me here these days.

Thanks for the heads up (as they say).

Perhaps due to the eclipse last week (supposedly with tidal effects), combing and combining uneven snippets recently has yielded a little of tolerably interesting morsels (for me).

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