Sonos finally has a music streaming application capable of blasting 24-bit hi-res audio over a wide range of its excellent multi-room speakers and sound bars.
Kvobuz, well known for the French streaming service, can now send “studio quality” audio to compatible Sonos speakers via the Sonos S2 app. Cubose offers over 70 million high-race tracks and, via Sonos, will deliver 48 kHz / 24-bit lossless quality.
Quobose compatibility beats other services providing Hi-Res audio, including Tidal and Amazon. Spotify is also working on an HD music option later this year. Quoboz has hit them all to the punch and they can try to get their profile among the Sonos owners to get their best speakers.
Prior to today’s announcement, Sonos S2 Quality tapped on CD quality. In fact, 24-bit tracks will not play at all. This update applies to S2-compatible speakers such as Sonos One, Sonos Beam and Playbar, as well as those new portable speakers such as Sonos Move and ROM.
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With headphones, speakers, and players that support it, the Quobose Studio Premier scheme offers 24-bit and 192-Hz FLAC files. Therefore, Sonos does not offer full quality, but it is definitely an improvement. The service costs £ 14.99 per month, or £ 149.99 per year.
“Our open platform enables partners to bring their experiences to Sonos Systems and our mutual customers,” said Ryan Richards, Director of Product Marketing at Sonos. “Qobuz has been at the forefront of high-resolution music streaming, and we look forward to allowing customers to enjoy their music with Sonos’ clarity, depth and room-filling sound.”
Sonos says more services are coming soon, but have not announced anything today. We hope that the new Spotify HD service will also be available at an appropriate time via the S2 app.
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