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Playlist of Hi-Rez NOT

OK. Here is a playlist of about 20 albums that demo the resolution mis-characterization of which I am having a problem. Hopefully all of you can tap into it and see for yourself what I am talking about. As I come across others, I add them to the playlist so it will continue to grow.

Go to:
http://open.qobuz.com/playlist/1476036

I have sent the list to Qobuz customer service in both the German and French services. Maybe PAR can do the same to get a response from the UK service.

Another demonstration of the lack of availability of Hi-Rez classical albums is to do a simple search for the composer Copland. The results appear to be an endless choice of albums, however, only three show up, near the top of the selection,in Hi-Rez and of those, only one is in the higher resolution advertised.

Do another search, this time for Mahler. The results are somewhat better but not up to advertised expectations: Of the first 18 albums 16 are shown as Hi-Rez but only 4 are 24 bit, 4 are MP3 and 4 are 16 bit. The two shown as 16 bit are of course in that resolution.

The best results come in a search for Mozart:Of the first 18 albums 17 are shown as Hi-Rez 16 are actually 24 bit, none are MP3 and 2 are 16 bit but but one alleges to be 16 bit. If all searches came out this good I would have no complaint. Maybe I tend to search for the wrong, less popular, composers.


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