So I got an email about a limited time Qobuz promotion. They are offering the Studio premier (Hi-res FLAC / CD) for $15 per month. I don't think the promotional price expires, but the window to sign up is through the end of January. I don't have any sort of association with them, other than being a subscriber. Honestly, I just signed up for the free trial because of audio quality, as I'm pretty heavily invested in the Google Play Music-O-Sphere. I was going to let the Qobuz free trial expire and then go back to GPM, but the promo price is going to make me stay. I think I'll be transferring my favorites and playlists over to Qobuz, and unsubscribing from GPM.

 

HepcatWilly

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I saw that too and signed up. It was confusing, and the website was opaque, but I think that essentially, they dropped the price of their top tier subscription.
 

MikeyFresh

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I saw that too and signed up. It was confusing, and the website was opaque, but I think that essentially, they dropped the price of their top tier subscription.

That they did, as well as remove the bottom price tier, I believe it was $9.99/mo. lossy MP3 only. Thats gone, though I guess a lossy streaming price tier could someday return under popular demand and/or lower pricing. But it would likely no longer compete as well at the $9.99 it had been.

This new Studio Premiere product is even a little less expensive at $12.50/mo. if one commits to a full year subscription upfront ($150) as opposed to the $15 month-to-month.

Now if I could only actually subscribe. I had been an original beta tester of Qobuz in the U.S. on a pre-launch basis, for whatever reason the beta testers were originally registered through the Qobuz U.K. site and my account settings/details still reflect that. This new offer is so far only available to U.S. residents, and Qobuz's system still sees me in the U.K. even though I am (and always have been) in the U.S.

While there is a way to change your address in the My Account Settings, the country is locked. So I'll need Qobuz to make that change before I can actually subscribe to this new plan in the U.S.
 

Kpatch

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First, I love Quobuz and I don’t mind paying the new premium. However, I didn’t much care for the way they handled it, just telling me I was now in the premium category with detailing any options:

“ Studio Premier gives you unlimited access to our certified Hi-Res and CD lossless quality catalog and in-depth exclusive editorial content for only $14.99/month. The good news is that you don't have to do anything to take advantage of this offer. You will be automatically transferred to this new plan at $14.99/month when your monthly subscription is renewed on 11/18/2019.”

Mikey, where can I find about “This new Studio Premiere product is even a little less expensive at $12.50/mo. if one commits to a full year subscription upfront ($150) as opposed to the $15 month-to-month.” I’ll do this but I can’t find where to do so. Can you send a link?
KP
 

MikeyFresh

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First, I love Quobuz and I don’t mind paying the new premium. However, I didn’t much care for the way they handled it, just telling me I was now in the premium category with detailing any options:

“ Studio Premier gives you unlimited access to our certified Hi-Res and CD lossless quality catalog and in-depth exclusive editorial content for only $14.99/month. The good news is that you don't have to do anything to take advantage of this offer. You will be automatically transferred to this new plan at $14.99/month when your monthly subscription is renewed on 11/18/2019.”

Mikey, where can I find about “This new Studio Premiere product is even a little less expensive at $12.50/mo. if one commits to a full year subscription upfront ($150) as opposed to the $15 month-to-month.” I’ll do this but I can’t find where to do so. Can you send a link?
KP

I see, so in other words you had been a Studio subscriber at $9.99/mo. for MP3 and they simply notified you that was now a $14.99/mo. deal with the tracks now at greater resolution?

I'm not sure where any existing subscriber would find the yearly plan option, I think you'd just need to go into the My Account Settings tab and change it there?
 

Olson_jr

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That they did, as well as remove the bottom price tier, I believe it was $9.99/mo. lossy MP3 only. Thats gone, though I guess a lossy streaming price tier could someday return under popular demand and/or lower pricing. But it would likely no longer compete well at the $9.99 it had been.

This new Studio Premiere product is even a little less expensive at $12.50/mo. if one commits to a full year subscription upfront ($150) as opposed to the $15 month-to-month.

Now if I could only actually subscribe. I had been an original beta tester of Qobuz in the U.S. on a pre-launch basis, for whatever reason the beta testers were originally registered through the Qobuz U.K. site and my account settings/details still reflect that. This new offer is so far only available to U.S. residents, and Qobuz's system still sees me in the U.K. even though I am and always have been in the U.S.

While there is a way to change your address in the My Account Settings, the country is locked. So I'll need Qobuz to make that change before I can actually subscribe to this new plan in the U.S.

I had the same issue with it thinking I was in the UK, although I had never been a beta tester. I deleted that account and will try again later.
 

MikeyFresh

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I had the same issue with it thinking I was in the UK, although I had never been a beta tester. I deleted that account and will try again later.

I just did the same, there had not been any reaction to the support ticket I submitted about 24 hours ago, so I just deleted that account entirely and made a new one.

Oddly, when I subscribed, there was no plan option presented that is actually called "Studio Premiere", which is how this whole thing is being marketed and promoted.

The subscription option is still called Studio, which is I believe the same moniker of their old MP3 service. I did get the free trial month and $14.99 thereafter, and the same description as that of Studio Premiere (i.e. unlimited CD-quality and hi-res streaming etc.), however it is simply called Studio on their subscription page which is a bit confusing, and worse yet, I can't seem to get it to stream anything except MP3.

So I submitted another ticket.
 

MikeyFresh

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Mikey, where can I find about “This new Studio Premiere product is even a little less expensive at $12.50/mo. if one commits to a full year subscription upfront ($150) as opposed to the $15 month-to-month.” I’ll do this but I can’t find where to do so. Can you send a link?

See the screenshot below:

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MikeyFresh

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Perhaps the Qobuz server just needed a bit of time to update or something, but I can now stream both CD and Hi-Res tracks using an external USB DAC attached to a MacBook Air:

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Sounds quite nice, and no audio glitches (though the above is "only" 24/44.1). So what about true "hi-res"?

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24-bit/96kHz... check.

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24-bit/192kHz... check, still no audio glitches.

Looks like I'm in business with Qobuz Studio Premiere, unlike my beta test experience last summer, which was buggy enough for me to just bail out on. They've made fantastic progress.

When Qobuz fixes and finalizes their currently still experimental UPnP mode, then I'll really be in business.
 

MikeyFresh

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Well, I finally did get to a page to change the subscription but it wasn’t from the above but a few pages over and several pages down ... but I did get there and changed to the annual subscription. Why they didn’t supply a link in the email is beyond me. So, thanks for the tip. Appreciate it.

Luv Qobuz.

Excellent, you're down to $12.50/mo. which is slightly less than even Amazon Music HD is for Prime members.

Well done, that's currently the best available deal in paid subscription streaming, and also the highest quality sound.
 

MikeyFresh

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Apparently I'll only need to wait for Qobuz to finalize UPnP mode for streaming from my Mac.

It turns out I already own two different Android apps that have full Qobuz UPnP integration, I just tried them both and each works perfectly.

Mconnect HD:

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BubbleUPnP:

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Olson_jr

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After a frustrating experience getting signed up, I was a bit nervous about how Qubuz would integrate with Tidal in Roon Audio.

Pretty straightforward so far, actually I hesitate to say this, but it appears to have been seamless.
 
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MikeyFresh

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I configured my instance of Audirvana on macOS for Qobuz streaming via UPnP.

Works a charm with either the Sonore microRendu, or RPi/Moode as the renderer/endpoint, so I don't actually need the Qobuz desktop app for Mac to hurry up and finish their UPnP feature, I already have it with Audirvana:

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With this I will cancel my Amazon Music HD and Pandora subscriptions today, to fully offset (and then some) the cost of Qobuz Studio Premiere.

Pandora is great but I find myself increasingly never using it, so that's a waste I must cease. Amazon Music HD is not as well suited to my needs in that currently there is no UPnP implementation, no Windows ASIO or WASAPI drivers (Exclusive Mode) for my W10 machine at work, and the Qobuz catalog for classical music is both very deep and impressive, which fills a bit of a hole in my own local server's library where Classical is not nearly as well represented as both Rock and Jazz are. Done deal, no brainer.
 

airdronian

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I was hoping to have dumped Tidal for Qobuz by now but it's not happening at all from the bits 'n pieces I have been reading. Audirvana has integrated Qobuz for some time now, and the developer is likely to integrate Amazon Music HD as well. If I can't have one, maybe the other will come through.
 

MikeyFresh

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The U.K. publication What Hi-Fi? is reporting the new Qobuz Studio Premiere lossless streaming service is now available in the U.K. and will become the pricing tier offered to their existing "Hi-Fi" and "Studio" subscribers moving forward. The lossy MP3 subscription plan will be discontinued there just as it was in the U.S.

No mention of the rest of the EU, but it can't be too long before this plan is uniformly offered to all countries that Qobuz is available in. No provision for currency value is granted however, so what is $14.99 in the U.S. will be £14.99 in the U.K. according to What Hi-Fi?

Could that be good news for the day this is available in Canada, i.e. might it actually be priced at 14.99 CAD once offered there?
 

HepcatWilly

Junior Member
I configured my instance of Audirvana on macOS for Qobuz streaming via UPnP.

Works a charm with either the Sonore microRendu, or RPi/Moode as the renderer/endpoint, so I don't actually need the Qobuz desktop app for Mac to hurry and finish their UPnP feature, I already have it with Audirvana:

I'll have to try Audirvana with Qobuz. I left Audirvana for Roon because the 3.0 upgrade broke endlessly. Damien was quite responsive and addressed my bug reports quickly, but there were just too many at the time.

I do have a soft spot for it, used it for many years flawlessly. I'm sure he has it back and running perfectly.
 

MikeyFresh

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I'll have to try Audirvana with Qobuz. I left Audirvana for Roon because the 3.0 upgrade broke endlessly. Damien was quite responsive and addressed my bug reports quickly, but there were just too many at the time.

I do have a soft spot for it, used it for many years flawlessly. I'm sure he has it back and running perfectly.
Qobuz Studio Premier on Audirvana 3.5.25 works perfectly for me on macOS 10.14.6 Mojave. I can't speak for Catalina (yet).
 
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