What just happened? The number of high-res streaming options in the US increased by one on Thursday with the launch of Qobuz, a provider that's been doing business overseas since 2007. If you value quality over quantity, it may be worth taking Qobuz for a free one-month trial.

French streaming music outfit Qobuz (pronounced co-buzz) is now available publicly in the US. The hybrid streaming service and download store, which claims to be the first and only certified Hi-Res (24-bit/up to 192 kHz) streaming service, is hoping to win consumer interest with a focus on quality over quantity.

That’s not to say Qobuz doesn’t have a sizable catalog. According to the company, it offers around 40 million CD-quality (16-bit) tracks and “millions” of Hi-Res tracks (about two million, according to Rolling Stone). Like others in the space, Qobuz offers offline listening, curated editorial content and more with a library spanning a variety of genres.

Qobuz’s plans and pricing are as follows:

  • Premium: $9.99/month for 320 kbps MP3 quality streaming ($99.99 annually).
  • Hi-Fi: $19.99/month for streaming including 16-bit CD quality streaming ($199.99 annually).
  • Studio: $24.99/month for unlimited Hi-Res (24-bit /up to 192 kHz) streaming ($249.99 annually).
  • Sublime+: $299.99/year for full Hi-Res streaming and substantial (40-60%) discounts on purchases from the Qobuz Hi-Res (up to 24-bit / 192 kHz) download store.

Of course, Qobuz isn’t the only provider to offer superior streaming. Tidal also offers higher-than-standard quality tracks via Tidal Masters.

Unsure where to start in the world of high quality sound? Qobuz has some handy pointers that’ll set you down the right path.

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