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  1. My system is very modest. Powernode 2i into Dynaudio Emit M10 speakers. But I do feel I can hear a difference with Qobuz being the best for Hi-Res to my ears. As for CD quality tracks I felt Qobuz and Tidal were essentially the same - but Deezer didn’t sound quite as good as either. I was lucky to get onto a family plan for Qobuz so feel like it is definitely worth having, but I will probably keep Deezer or Spotify to help plug in a few holes. Selection wise, Qobuz is not too bad at all, just a few unexpected things missing. Oh yeah, that’s a very
  2. I don’t have my hopes up that these missing artists / albums are coming anytime soon… I currently have TIdal, Qobuz, Deezer and Spotify running together (free trials etc.) and none of them have some of the albums I am looking for available in Australia..
  3. Be careful with the Powernode 2i if you plan on using it with a TV, the minimum delay is capped at 50ms so you may never be able to achieve a proper lip sync. Not sure if this is fixed with the new 2021 model. But do a google search on this issue… a lot of discussion about it. I have the Powernode 2i and use it purely for music. Really great value and sounds more than good enough for my usage. good luck!
  4. I have Deezer and Qobuz alongside each other at the moment and I definitely notice the better selection of music on Deezer. With my Bluesound Powernode 2i there is definitely a noticeable difference in sound quality when comparing Hi-res on Qobuz to the CD quality of Deezer though. Deezer doesn’t sound bad, but the difference is enough to be noticeable on some of my favourite tracks..
  5. Today I noticed the first new Album added to one of my favourited artists in Qobuz. They have added the Blind Guardian Orchestral album in Hi-Res. It would be great if they would send a notification when a favourited artist has new albums added... now to see if they have added anything else...
  6. I’m looking at it slightly differently. At $1 a month I think I will just leave my music playing 24/7 so that Tidal actually loses money at the end of the month. I wonder how many tracks you would need to stream to exceed the $1 mark? Should be doable! Haha
  7. Just got this offer after quitting tidal earlier this month..
  8. I have had the same experience when trying to find some of my favourite artists on Qobuz. The albums I want to buy are available on Qobuz downloads but only to overseas customers. As soon as I log in to try and make the purchase it won’t let me buy those particular albums. Like you, I’m really hoping they add to the catalog. For now I have the 3 month Deezer trial to fill in the gaps, and will probably just go with Qobuz on a month by month basis for access to their Hi-Res versions of music.. which to me sound much better than Deezer’s CD quality and a bit better than Tidal
  9. Agreed, it seems to be a record label issue most of the time. One of my favourite bands signed with Sony between 1990-1993 and released two of their best albums during that time. The band now has no rights to that music other than being allowed to play it live. The two albums are not available on any Australian streaming service and also cannot be bought as a download either. You can only find terrible quality versions that have been uploaded to youtube. I want to buy these albums in CD quality but for some stupid reason the label won’t make them available in any format anywhere in
  10. As a few other people have pointed out one advantage of Qobuz is that the artists get paid about 4x as much per stream (correct me if I’m wrong). That is a big deciding factor for me + the bonus of a more ‘pure’ lossless signal
  11. Just started my 3 month free trial of Deezer and canceled Qobuz for now. Deezer does seem to have a bit more music than Qobuz but it’s integration with my Bluesound player is the worst so far. Favourite Artists are displayed in a completely random order and tracks do not show what quality they are until you press play on them. Sound quality of HiFi quality tracks on Deezer also don’t sound as clear to me as the Hi-res equivalent on Qobuz. I currently have Tidal, Qobuz and Deezer active all at the same time.. until middle of May when the free trials for Tidal and Qobuz end
  12. Very interesting. I didn’t realise that local files were any different to the streamed version?
  13. I also got the same email and am in the exact same boat as you. I have canceled my Tidal and it ends middle of next month.... I’m not really interested in any other audio formats other than FLAC... so this definitely won’t convince me to stay with them..
  14. If anyone is after an album to compare Tidal to Qobuz that is a bit easier to hear the differences. Try Pain of Salvation - ‘Panther’. The Qobuz Hi-res version of this album sounds completely different to my ears and I am noticing reverb, subtle background ambient noises and acoustic piano notes that I previously thought were electronic keyboard....
  15. For sure! After seeing that Qobuz pays more to artists and hearing your positive feedback on Roon, that looks like the direction I’ll be taking too. I really want that radio functionality for when I have guests over with different tastes and just want some background ambience. Using it as a way to discover new music would also be a great bonus.
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