Streaming music services are convenient – but for vinyl-bothering audiophiles like our chums at What Hi-Fi, the compression of digital music formats is like nails on a chalkboard.
Fortunately, Deezer and Sonos are teaming up to bring the crystal clarity of High-Resolution Audio to wireless music systems. On 15 September, Deezer will launch Deezer Elite, which streams tracks from its library of 35 million songs in lossless, 16-bit FLAC format at a standard of 1,411 kbps – five times the bitrate of other streaming services, according to Deezer.
Around 90 per cent of Deezer's library will be available in FLAC format, the company claims. You'll be able to sync your past music history from any service, and listen across the usual array of devices, from tablets to smartphones, TVs – and of course, Sonos speakers. As befits rarified connoisseurs of music, you'll also be treated to personalised playlist recommendations form a "music concierge" and "Elite Customer Service" to help you import your music and configure your devices properly.
Of course, all that costs; Deezer Elite is launching in the US at US$10 a month if you sign up for a full year, or US$20 a month on a month-by-month basis. US-based Sonos customers can get a free trial of the service in beta following its launch on 15 September; there's no word yet on when (or if) Deezer Elite will be available beyond the US.