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freddo

Member since Feb 2008 • Last active Dec 2018

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    No techno!

    I'm tempted just to buy this and only play techno on it to see what happens

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    haha so no basis for my preference for Qobuz's 24 bit stream, even at the same price as Deezer's 16 bit stream :)

    http://archimago.blogspot.com/2014/06/24­-bit-vs-16-bit-audio-test-part-ii.html

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    @Dramatic_Hammer - i agree, 96 is entirely sufficient. Not so sure about 16bit vs 24 bit though. Would like to run some tests sometime.

    @mashton Qobuz's 24bit stream is roughly the same annual price as the 16bit service from Deezer. The ultimate hifi for me would be Roon + bluesound endpoints with a 24 bit streaming service going through a nice amp and pair of speakers. (I just got an email from Qobuz saying that Roon will be supported "very soon"). There's already a Roon server app for Qnap.

    Saying that, I'm very happy with the pov solution of Plex + chromecasts and no streaming service. Probably Deezer would offer you more value as they have a family plan for £15. Then your kids can listen to the wiggly worm song without messing up your automatic playlists ;)

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    basically Plex is the poor man's Roon, and whilst I'd love to be able to drop $500 on Roon, the incremental improvement in features seems marginal at best. Actually I can't see much gain other than multi-room streaming, and there are features in Plex (like streaming to my mobile device when I'm out of the house) which aren't available on Roon. The bigger issue is that to do multi-room streaming I'd need to upgrade all my end-points from £30 chromecast audios (96/24) to probably £500 bluesound units (192/24), which feels like a huge outlay for very little benefit. If I did that I'd probably skip Roon and use Bluesound's app.

    Am i missing something?

    But the more I read about Tidal the less enamoured I am with it. Setting aside JayZ's involvement, it's a US company (so my privacy is less secure) and also there's talk it will be bought by Apple sometime soon. I'd love Qobuz (French firm, EU only) integration with Roon but seems like this is being held up at the Qobuz end. That would be a killer combination.

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    Just had a little look around and seems like both Spotify and Tidal acccounts are for sale on the dark web. You can even find them on ebay.

    And it looks like Spotify were hacked several times but continue to refuse to acknowledge

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    This is nuts, seems like it would be faster to count the number of people who had not had their Spotify account hacked

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    All three will play with Sonos. Do you hear much difference listening to high res vs. Spotify premium? Is there any lock-in like playlists etc to prevent you switching later? Is MQA a benefit for you? For me the benefit of streaming is being exposed to new music so I’d select the one that allowed you to do that best

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    Lol! Ok then Qobuz is supposed to be really good and generating a lot of attention. What client are you proposing to use for decoding? The Sonos connect?

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    You could buy a Mac mini, mini PC or a NAS, a Plex Pass (£4 / month, £95 / lifetime) and build your own library. Plex has a feature to automatically create playlists from genres or moods, has Sonos support and Alexa voice control (google assistant is being developed).

    Roon is another product like Plex - i.e. an unbundled Tidal/Sonos/Google Play, no music but beautiful and powerful UI.

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