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Music in high resolution quality

While streaming services already offer subscriptions for music in high-resolution quality, not all audio devices are equipped with the technology to play it back. We've taken a closer look at three streaming services and a suitable product to go with it so you can start enjoying high resolution audio.

Streaming music is trending and it’s hardly surprising – against a humble monthly fee, various online services provide access to millions of songs and radio stations. You’ll be able to discover new music and save playlists without cluttering your smartphone’s memory. The only downside: The music is extremely compressed, so we're dealing with relatively poor music quality. For all lovers of that good old hi-fi sound, high resolution audio now offers the possibility to also enjoy digital songs in lossless quality – just as the artist intended.

We've looked at three different streaming services for high-resolution music as well as at matching audio products. High resolution audio is only worth it if you’ve got excellent equipment to play it on. What’s more, some streaming services are only available in high-resolution quality on selected audio products.


Deezer exclusively offers the “Elite” premium subscription for Sonos – it has a transfer rate of 16Bit/44.1kHz. Their 30-day free trial is a great way of trying out the service, enjoying music in CD quality and browsing over 40 million tracks. Price per month: CHF 19.50

Find out how to enjoy "Deezer Elite" here .

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Hear it just like they played it. Pure and true.


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The "TIDAL HiFi" subscription features a transfer rate of 16Bit/44.1 kHz for music in CD quality and access to over 40 million tracks, music videos and pre-releases. See for yourself with a 30-day trial period. Price per month: CHF 25.99

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No compromises throughout the audio chain: The specially developed music player app that supports lossless music formats and plays music from streaming services via wi-fi.


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With the “Sublim” subscription, Qobuz music streaming provides hi-res with 25Bit/96kHz – that’s even better than CD quality – and gives you access to 30 million tracks. Price per month in Swiss francs: Approx. CHF 20.20

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Samsung Wireless Audio Multiroom R1 & M3 Bundle (Black)


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The bottom line

The range of high resolution audio depends on the subscription and covers anything from regular CD quality with 16Bit/44.1kHz to studio quality with 24Bit/192kHz. However, the better the quality, the harder it is to hear the difference in quality. Even audiophiles and audio pros do not necessarily agree when it comes to the limits of humans’ sense of hearing. Therefore, we suggest trusting your own ears. After all, it is your individual acoustic experience that is of primary importance.

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User Aurel Stevens

Bezüglich «Hört man den Unterschied zwischen Hi-Res oder nicht?» - kann man selbst auf austesten. Kann ich den ganzen Tag spielen mit >90%-Quote, und das mit dem Logitech-Headset. Allerdings: Man merkt auch, dass 128kbps-MP3 mehr als ordentlich ist. (Und dass es bei einem Vergleich 320kbps vs. Lossless sehr schwierig würde, Unterschiede zu hören.)

User Patrick.C

Finde ich gut das ihr den Trend zu Musik Streaming oder allgemein Hi-Res Audio einen Blogeintrag widmet. Was ich mir wünsche wäre mehr dedizierte DACs (Fiio, Cowon, Astell&Kern, iBasso etc.) zur Auswahl.

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User lunatic75

Ich habe seit bald einem Jahr ein Linn Majik DSM, welcher Qobuz bzw Tidal direkt unterstützt. Ich höre nur noch gestreamte Musik, meine CD Sammlung liegt jetzt im Keller, da es qualitativ keinen Unterschied mehr macht und die Bedienung per App super geht. Achtet auch auf gute Lautsprecher...

User martiwel

@ Aurel Stevens
Bezüglich Unterschied hören. Meiner Meinung nach spielt auch der Stil der Musik eine grosse Rolle. Habe z.B. den Iron Man 2 Soundtrack von AC/DC einerseits in 320kbps Mp3 andererseits in Flac, die Unterschiede sind klar hörbar. Bei Pop-Einheitsbrei genügt mir jedoch ein Mp3 in VBR.

User Mediabert2

Wer High-Res Audio konsumieren möchte sollte meiner Meinung nach auch High-Endige Geräte verwenden. Nur so kommt man in den vollen Genuss von High-Res Audio. Mit einem Logitech Headset High-Res Audio anhören ist für mich mehr als fragwürdig. Hier müsste zuerst das Wort Klang genau definiert werden.

User .nja

Qobuz stellt kein Streaming für alle Hi-Res Einträge zur Verfügung für 20Fr! Die High Res Files müssen gekauft werden und "dürfen" dann in einem Sublime ABO gestreamt werden (nur die Gekauften!) Zusätzlich gibt Sublime Rabatte auf High-Res Alben.

User michabadan

Meine Hoffnung ist, dass Apple Music mit dem neuen iPhone 7 und dem Digital-Audio-Anschluss auch auf High Resolution Audio umstellt. Das wäre ein Killer Feature.