qobuz Offers Free Hi-Res Downloads During Coronavirus Confinement

Hi-res streaming service qobuz just announced a now through May 15th offer of 21 CD resolution and hi-res titles you can download free. The music includes classical, jazz and "world".

I use Qobuz and other streaming services as a "virtual listening booth" to make vinyl purchases, as an invaluable reviewing tool (I create playlists, play through them then change a component) and of course to listen for pleasure. These titles are qobuz's way of sharing during hard times.

When I used to travel a lot, as a qobuz subscriber, it was easy to choose and download to my hi-res A & Ultima player any music I wanted to listen to on the airplane. That was a really great way to hear new music. Hopefully those days will return!

Jim Tavegia's picture

This may be the best $15 a month I will ever spend. It sound good, but the high rez files are great. You can't even buy an lp anymore for that.

MalachiLui's picture

but "you can't even buy an LP anymore for $15" isn't true. this one retails for $15: https://www.musicdirect.com/vinyl/Kids-See-Ghosts-Kids-See-Ghosts-%28Vin...

so $15 records still exist here and there. also got "in the aeroplane over the sea" for $17 today. records under $20 never went away, they're just less frequent.

still, i agree that qobuz streams sound amazing.

Jim Tavegia's picture

10 or 12 tracks that may or may not be everyone's cup of tea, and I have thousands of albums and tracks at my disposal. My Ryzen gaming computer with a huge power supply and nearly 2TB of HD space and my operating system is booted off a SD drive. I have an MIT power cord out of my desktop into a filtered power outlet than when recording I have a -80 db noise floor. Try that with vinyl. My files from Qobuz through my Focusrite Scarlett sound great and can deal with 24/192. I am about to order today the Ifi usb filter for the usb into my Focusrite and see if that $129 makes things even better. I have two TTs and listen to plenty of vinyl, but I am a realist about what vinyl brings and unless you have a great cart and phono stage you are not hearing even what native 2496 brings to the table. IMHO.

MalachiLui's picture

i got noël mcghie and space spies' "trapeze," solid 70s funk/soul jazz. sound quality is great. this record is just waiting to be sampled if it hasn't been already.

vinyl listener's picture

in WMA format ?
Wake up Qobuz, 1998 left the room long ago.