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Spotify vs tidal vs qobuz
#1
Good evening all, 

What do I try for someone who is completely new to streaming please?

Leaning toward Qobuz but is the price premium worth it?

Thought I'd ask before I sign up to all 3 to try!
PC Speakers: 2 Phantom Reactor 600 in Stereo
Office Headphones: Stax SRS-3100 connected to Topping D50 DAC
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#2
I'm a big fan of Roon and both Tidal and Qobuz are fully integrated so either of those would get my nod. I've used all three and I personally lean toward Qobuz, particularly if you want to take advantage of the hi-res streaming.
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#3
If you can get Qobuz, that may be the best service if, as I understand it, you like classical music. It is not available (yet) in Canada. Spotify has the largest music selection, but is generally a lower quality stream (that may not actually matter; recording and mastering quality are the critical factors IMHO). Tidal is good quality but as it is owned by Jay-Z the music focus is, I think, quite hip-hop and peripheral styles.

We've had Tidal twice and cancelled it. Deezer Hi Fi is our preference. A better / larger music library, FLAC files, and to my ears, sound quality that is equal to Tidal.

It seems that the price between services is the same for streams of equal quality/ file size. I'd sign up for all three, see how they sound and test the library size and selection, and then drop the one or two that you like least.
Damon
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#4
I am also a deezer fanboy.

Good quality, great app and desktop software, as well as very good A.I. Behind their recommandation engine. Highly recommended
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#5
Spotify sounds surprisingly good on CI card and has best music selection and application.
But you should try all available services using free trial periods.
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#6
Thank you all.

There is an offer for 3 months Spotify for 99p, so I went for it. No brainer really!

I have a Topping D50 DAC which does 24bit/768khz but even the 24bit/192khz on Qobuz are like 100mb each (I downloaded one just to try and listen to the quality).

I think streaming may be the way forward for me otherwise I'll need to invest in physical storage!

I'll see what Spotify is like and maybe use Qobuz to download the songs I really like.
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Office Headphones: Stax SRS-3100 connected to Topping D50 DAC
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#7
(18-May-2019, 13:04)maxijazz Wrote: Spotify sounds surprisingly good on CI card...

I agree.  On my previous set-up (D200 fed by Bluesound Node 2 via both digital and analog, the latter so I could use the Node DAC for MQA final unfolding) Spotify sounded good.

On my current set-up, with Spotify Connect streamed directly to the CI board on my D220, it is leagues better.  Really surprised me!
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#8
Spotify is equalized!
Direct and best over all quality in following ranking

1. Quboz
2.Tidal
3. Spotify

Not includes Amazon Music, Apple Music and others.

Audiophile greetings
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#9
For more than half a year, I relish Qobuz Sublime+. It‘s expensive, agreed, but streaming is very good. Most of all, it makes me independent of this MQA business I would have to pay extra on my Aurender N100H.
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