CES: Qobuz High-Res Music Service to Launch in U.S. in 2018

In mid-2018, Qobuz, a European online music streaming and downloading service, will be available in the U.S. The company, which claims it is “the highest resolution music streaming service in the world,” offers 40-million music tracks, among them one million high-resolution tracks. The service is compatible with Mac, iOS, Android and Windows operating systems. Qobuz also produces original editorial content including album reviews, bios, introductions to discographies and exclusive photos, art and videos. The company will showcase its service at CES in Las Vegas next week.

Qobuz says its Hi-Res Audio content is “defined by the Japan Audio Society (JAS),” and “includes all analogue devices capable of reproducing or recording at frequencies of 40kHz or above … and all digital devices capable of processing or converting 24-Bit or higher signals.” The volume of information must also be “greater than that of a CD (16-Bit/44.1kHz) or DAT (16-Bit/48kHz).”

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“We are absolutely thrilled with the idea of offering American music lovers our extraordinary online music service,” said Qobuz president Denis Thébaud. “Our team is made up of dedicated, knowledgeable discographers, who, day after day, sift through our catalogue, to bring the past to life and to discover new great talent.”

The Hi-Res music is “available for either streaming or downloading, without any up-sampling or re-encoding.” The Hi-Res service can be streamed on “such Chromecast built-in enabled products Sony, Naim, JBL, Harman Kardon, LG, B&O Play, Philips, Vizio, Pioneer, Onkyo, Grundig, Polk, Raumfeld” as well as multi-room brands “Sonos, Yamaha MusicCast, Bluesound, Devialet, Linn and Samsung,” and “high-end brands such as Mark Levinson, Auralic, Aurender, Lumin, T+A, AVM, Burmester, Esoteric and Sim Audio.”

Qobuz was founded in 2007 in France and is currently available in 11 European countries. At CES 2018, it will be at Booth #14735 in LVCC’s Central Hall.

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