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I thought Amazon's 24/96 stuff sounded better than Tidal Master's in an A to B comparison but I really like the Tidal app better and I've got years of playlists at Tidal.
 
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Niallivm

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Does it still drop to “Standard” quality when played on a laptop? That was the dealbreaker when I had it a on trial before Christmas
 

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I think I will stick with Qobuz, it offers a large amount of music genres and the sound quality is top notch. Which means dropping Amazon Music. I don't like it's main stream style and it's too quiet. That's the deal breaker. The price is better Amazon Music but hopefully Qobuz restructures it's cost soon to be competitive. I think they are way to expensive though if you compare them to Netflix. Why is music streaming a premium experience with premium cost?
 

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I think I will stick with Qobuz, it offers a large amount of music genres and the sound quality is top notch. Which means dropping Amazon Music. I don't like it's main stream style and it's too quiet. That's the deal breaker. The price is better Amazon Music but hopefully Qobuz restructures it's cost soon to be competitive. I think they are way to expensive though if you compare them to Netflix. Why is music streaming a premium experience with premium cost?
How would you describe the Qobuz sound compared to the others? It’s one I haven’t tried yet but I am making my way through them too. Cheers. Is it really £25 a month?
 

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I like the sound a lot, it's evenly balanced through the range not favouring treble or bass. You will have to try it for yourself, but it's better than Amazon's sound.
I have the CD quality tier at £20 a month, so I can't tell you about the £25 tier. No music streaming service is worth £20 or £25 a month, but I want a streaming service that is worth paying for.
Cheers mate.
 
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I like the sound a lot, it's evenly balanced through the range not favouring treble or bass. You will have to try it for yourself, but it's better than Amazon's sound.
I have the CD quality tier at £20 a month, so I can't tell you about the £25 tier. No music streaming service is worth £20 or £25 a month, but I want a streaming service that is worth paying for.
Cheers mate.
Thanks!
 

Niallivm

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Qobuz Hi Res is $15/m in the US ($12.50/m if you sign up for a year).
The same service in the UK is $33/m.
That's absolutely shocking
 

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Qobuz Hi Res is $15/m in the US ($12.50/m if you sign up for a year).
The same service in the UK is $33/m.
That's absolutely shocking
I might try it for free sometime but am not going to pay their prices. I am still a big fan of normal free Spotify I regularly just chill out to it and listen to it through my home cinema system - like I am doing right now. :)
 
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I might try it for free sometime but am not going to pay their prices. I am still a big fan of normal free Spotify I regularly just chill out to it and listen to it through my home cinema system - like I am doing right now. :)
And if that works for you, that's all that matters.
My family all use and love Apple Music, so the £15/m for six accounts is great value. It sounds great on the Sonos speakers around the house and on our phones and other devices (we're an Apple-centric family).
I can hear an improvement on sound quality with the high res services when using my B&W headphone and Meridian DAC, but that's only a few hours a week at most and doesn't justify the extra outlay. This winter I've had both Tidal and Amazon HD extended trials but neither has convinced me they're worth the extra money, especially as I still have all the music I love on CDs.
 
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And if that works for you, that's all that matters.
My family all use and love Apple Music, so the £15/m for six accounts is great value. It sounds great on the Sonos speakers around the house and on our phones and other devices (we're an Apple-centric family).
I can hear an improvement on sound quality with the high res services when using my B&W headphone and Meridian DAC, but that's only a few hours a week at most and doesn't justify the extra outlay. This winter I've had both Tidal and Amazon HD extended trials but neither has convinced me they're worth the extra money, especially as I still have all the music I love on CDs.
Yes, Apple Music is the only one I am currently paying for at £10 a month.
 

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