Qobuz in the USA


#41

One can use the Qobuz native app to browse and select music to share with BubbleUpnp as explained in the topic ‘Streaming the way it ought to work’ :smile:


#42

That’s a good workaround for Qobuz but not the way it ought to work :grin:

The way it ought to work with the Qobuz native app is you play direct from there to any UPnP Renderer. Just the same way you can cast to a Chromecast Audio endpoint, direct from the Qobuz native app too.

Qobuz have this intention clearly too… which is why they added this UPnP feature… but they have struggled so far to get working.

People need to report it to Qobuz support though - they have asked for this feedback during this beta phase.

support@qobuz.com

With enough feedback (complaints) I’m sure they will get it working nicely, eventually.

The native app is quite nice, on both desktop, tablet and mobile.


#43

There is an overview of network players and other devices compatible with Qobuz connect. The DSdac doesn’t support UPnP but it should be peanuts to get BridgeII on this list. Easiest way to get this accomplished is through a request by te manufacturer, Conversdigital and/or PS Audio;

“If you are a manufacturer, importer, distributor or agent in the field of sound reproduction and would like to get in touch with us, please contact us at the following address: newstech@qobuz.com


#44

That is one avenue, for PS Audio to look at.

But as I’ve mentioned a couple times already, they want feedback on this UPnP beta phase feature… so end users should email support@qobuz.com

“Our developers have tested the UPnP/DLNA compatibility with a few devices that were at their disposal but the UPnP protocol isn’t always respected to the letter by manufacturers, and it is possible that some models wouldn’t be detected by the application and wouldn’t appear in the list. If it happened to you, do not hesitate to notify us so that we can help.”


#45

Qobuz have confirmed UPnP issues will be fixed by the time of the US launch.

No need to use mConnect Player or Bubble UPnP if this works the way it was intended to work.

https://www.computeraudiophile.com/forums/topic/46611-official-qobuz-issues-thread/?do=findComment&comment=852012


#46

Direct participation of Qobuz on an open forum like computeraudiophile is promising and a very good thing!


#47

I think they should try and get John Mellencamp to let them use “R.O.C.K. in the USA” or whatever that song was called, but I can’t figure out how to make “Qobuz” fit the lyric… ; )


#48

Qobuz hiring in the U.S.:

https://a2im.org/forums/topic/qobuz-usa-seeks-marketing-and-operations-manager/


#49

I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say, but several of us here at PS have been given early access to Qobuz and it is brilliant. The SQ is comparable to what I’m used to from playing FLAC files in Foobar 2k, and the interface is clean and intuitive. They also provide a lot of great info on bands and albums. I can also already tell that the option to buy CD quality or better downloads of albums will be dangerous for my wallet.

The only knock I’ve found against it is the catalog is not as deep as Spotify, though that will likely get better over time. For reference, I have >99% odds of finding the artist I’m looking for on Spotify compared to the ~90% hit rate I’m getting on Qobuz.


#50

Is there DLNA access to Qobuz through the bridge? A native app that sits on a computer and controlled by an iDevice?


#51

My favorite app is BubbleUPnP on Android. The share functionality allows browsing the native Qobuz app to select/enqueue albums and/or tracks in Bubble to play it through Bridge II. They integrated Qobuz Connect to use the DLNA/UPnP protocol in their native app, not yet compatible with Bridge II but that’s just a matter of time.

MControl(HD) also plays Qobuz through the Bridge. A Qobuz ready network player (like my Melco) offers even more possibilities. Never had any problem whatsoever streaming Qobuz HiRes. no need for a computer.


#52

I use both Tidal and Qobuz religiously. I would say that the same applies to Qobuz vs. Tidal. I feel Tidal has a more robust selection overall, but certainly within an acceptable range. On the flip side, there have been times where Qobuz had something I was looking for and Tidal didn’t. That is the reason I keep them both as I feel they are fairly comparable and each has a slight edge over the other in overall selection.


#53

With both a Tidal and Qobuz account one search in Bubble is enough for the both:


#54

Oh, awesome. That seems quite handy. I’d pretty much always default to Qobuz because I find it tends to sound better to my ears, though not having to switch apps to search for something is great.


#55

_” QOBUZ streaming plans:

  • Premium (MP3 – 320 kbps ): $9.99 /month or $99.99 annually
  • Hi-Fi (CD Quality – 16bit / 44.1 kHz): $19.99 /month or $199 annually
  • Studio (Hi Res – 24bit / up to 192 kHz): $24.99 /month or $249 annually
  • Sublime – $299 annually

“Sublime” is a special plan that you could think of as “pre-paying an annual Studio plan” (and adding $50) so that you can then buy your favorite hi-res tracks at a significant discount. Solomon explained that Sublime subscribers will get “iTunes-like prices.”_


#56

Thanks!


#57

This is interesting. Their plan and pricing structure is different than what they currently offer outside of the U.S., which is as follows:

Premium: (Same as what you listed)
HiFi: (Same as what you listed
Sublime: $219 GBP/Year (lump sum, no monthly option) FLAC 16-Bit / 44.1 KHz only, no 24-Bit Hi-Res
Sublime+: $349 GBP/Year (lump sum, no monthly option) FLAC 24-Bit up to 192 KHz & Discounted downloads


#58

Will the DirectStream with Bridge II support Qobuz with Roon?


#59

Paul says he’s hoping this will be the case sometime in October.


#60

Thanks! I figured if not I’d start dac shopping at RMAF again.