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Not sure about the "rap" clue you claim to have divined but I am one who believes that every musical genre has worth. In the case of rap, however, I cannot locate said worth. Is that due to my age? My son rather pithily observed the other day that the type of music you prefer is dictated more than anything else by when you turned 20. Could be true.My mention of rap on Tidal refers only to the clutter they make of their offerings by dominating the home page with things I strive to avoid. I know why they do it. I'm just expressing my displeasure with having to be reminded of its existence. Niggahs & Hoes is not a theme I care to honor, and cannot enjoy. Supposedly the key to understanding Rap's place in music is to realize that the initial C is silent and normally not printed. I have to agree with your point about the teenager's unawareness of the Beatles. I was born in 1947 and cannot name from memory any band from 1932. Not one. Was expecting a lot of buzz about Qobuz now that any of us can sign up. Doesn't seem like many have if the forum comments are an accurate reflection. Comparisons to Tidal have been tepid about stating preferences.
So I checked out Quboz in my big rig streaming hirez through my Klipsch Gate and in my desktop system straming through my Paradigm PW amp. Setup was a breeze, sign up for an account at quboz, open the DTS-Play Fi app on my tablet, select the "critical listening" mode and the select quboz music service. After entering my password quboz had some suggested selections on the home page. I checked out Norah Jones and Elvis Costello in 24/192 and whoaaa, it sounded brilliant. Next I searched for some redbook tracks and listened to Michael Franks new album, The Music in My Head. I went back and forth between quboz and Tidal and Quboz had the edge in redbook streams in my system. The bass extended a little lower with slightly better dynamics, percussion instruments had their own space in the soundstage and were lifted more distinctly in the mix and voices seemed to have a little more air and clarity. I checked out The White Album 2018 mix in 24/192 and The Chicago II mix by Stewve Wilson in 24/182. Both sounded fantastic.Having just setup my home using the DTS Play-Fi ecosystem every component is rez capable from the ground up. Couldn't have been more economical and easier to incorporate a hi rez, whole house, system.The Klipsch Gate at $30 on Amazon sounds fantastic streaming hirez from Quboz. Just plug it into your current preamp to get started. Here is Quboz's review:https://www.qobuz.com/ie-en/info/hi-fi/bancs-d-essai/klipsch-gate-a-streamer-with-great179353
Too bad it does not have even a Toslink output.....Steve N.
Qobuz distinguishes between CD-Quality and Hi-Res. They don't say a word about DSD. Can I assume my DAC which handles Tidal's FLAC files (and cannot process DSD) can handle what they are calling Hi-Res?
Could you describe the issues with Qobuz and your CA?
Sure. I downloaded the Qobuz app to my iPhone and it works OK if I pick a track or album from the home screen. But if I try to play a track from my saved playlist, it freezes and never plays anything. And I have to restart the app to unfreeze it. Sometimes I have to restart the whole phone to unfreeze it. Which sucks because it sounds great when I can get it to work. But it's useless to me if I can't play songs from my saved playlist. Oh, one other thing that happens - if I leave an album playing and my phone goes to lock screen, all the Qobuz controls freeze up when I unlock it. Restarting the app doesn't fix it. Only restarting my phone fixes it. AND Qobuz is not gapless playback. At the end of a track there's a pause, then an annoying pop/crack sound, then the next track plays. Tidal is not gapless either but the transition sound is a lot less annoying.OK, that about sums it up!
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