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  1. Musicophile

    Album of the Evening

    The upside of finding upsampled albums on Qobuz is that you get free albums. This was my latest choice. Young German/Italian pianist Sophie Pacini, a Martha Argerich protégée, plays some excellent highly romantic Schumann and Mendelssohn. Well worth checking out.
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    25% discount on ECM highres at Qobuz

    Unfortunately I have at least one example where they haven’t done it, the latest EST in London is still sold in the 24/96 version I flagged to them as upsampled.
  3. I'm really wondering, who on earth in 2018 will take a 24/44 file, upsample it to 24/96, and sell it to Qobuz? What is the point?
  4. Just stumbled across this interesting interview with the HRA founder about their streaming service (in German, Google translate should help). http://www.highresmac.de/hra-streaming-vorleistung-fuer-mehr-vergnuegen/ I‘m really impressed by their quality control, they claim they reject 30% of the albums. As much as I like Qobuz in general, they should take this as a best practice example.
  5. Musicophile

    25% discount on ECM highres at Qobuz

    Qobuz customer service came back and said sorry again. They say they cannot QC every single album in their store. Well, HRA can (but have a smaller catalog). In any case, should you find a false high-res they typically give you a free album to compensate, as they did here (in the end, this is probably the cheapest form of QC...)
  6. Musicophile

    25% discount on ECM highres at Qobuz

    Thanks first of all for the nice feedback. No the sublime discount only applies to high-res, redbook is not affected. But you'll often get the highres for less than the price of the un-discounted redbook. This for example is the current (discounted) pricing on Cross My Palm With Silver on their French store (other countries may vary):
  7. Musicophile

    Album of the Evening

    Thanks to Qobuz -25% discount on ECM I stocked up on some nice albums: FYI, this is the trumpet, not the bass player Avishai. Very nice (24/88 download).
  8. Musicophile

    25% discount on ECM highres at Qobuz

    I already had the Manu Katche in redbook and have used the opening track so often in listening tests that I simply had to get the highres. I agree the rest of the album is less powerful.
  9. Musicophile

    25% discount on ECM highres at Qobuz

    After the good news, some bad news: Yet another case of upsampled content: Manu Katchés Neighbourhood is clearly an upsampled 24/44 album (in which format it is sold e.g. at ProStudioMasters). It is true 24 bit though.
  10. Musicophile

    25% discount on ECM highres at Qobuz

    My purchases today: All 5 highres albums together for less than €40. I'm not complaining
  11. Qobuz ECM discounts With the Sublime discount, a 24/96 ECM album is at €7.99! Time to stock up on those you don't already own. This will be expensive.
  12. Musicophile

    Album of the Evening

    There's a 24/192 remaster of this, do you have it?
  13. Musicophile

    Album of the Evening

    I’m not such a big fan of transcriptions in general, but this one is particularly nice: The Cello suites played on a lute. Well worth checking out. Streaming from Qobuz.
  14. Musicophile

    Album of the Evening

    At least we can agree she doesn’t live up to the hype
  15. Musicophile

    Album of the Evening

    Her political taste may be questionnable, I still like her voice. That said, overall this production is a bit heavy for my taste.
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