Deezer Hi-Fi 

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One of life’s less arduous tasks is listening to music and streaming music from a site that has a great deal of music in my genre of choice is even better. I have told you about Deezer's normal offering recently. Here is a quality more suited to listening in the home through good quality speakers, this is Deezer Hi-Fi.

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Anyone can view the content on Deezer and indeed stream the content in low fi but you will have to put up with adverts after around a couple of tracks and indeed some tracks and even some whole CD’s will be unable to be played. A normal subscription will free you from adverts and you can stream in better quality MP3, however to be able to stream in Hi-Fi quality you need a Hi-Fi subscription and that will get you around 1400kbps and maybe slightly more once settings are changed, you would not want this on your mobile phone as the download costs would soon mount up, unless you download to stream later ‘when offline’ however in your home through decent speakers or headphones then yes please.

The Deezer App is still in BETA and when I rebooted last time in order to allow it to download the latest version it said .10 surely by now it should be .8 or .9.

The current cost of a Hi-Fi subscription is double that of the MP3 one and what you stream is Lossless quality, so in basic terms as good as playing a CD in your own living room. Yes you need decent speakers or headphones but you will hear the difference, things you never hear in MP3 and for anyone who likes their music this is as good as a concert hall or maybe even better especially if someone is unwrapping sweets or coughing nearby.

Another personal feature that I have been tracking is Flow. A range of artists of your genre are offered on the front page when you open Deezer. On initial setup you get a few artists of your genre to choose from but it learns and over a few months the offers are likely to be exactly to your taste whereas the initial offers are probably not that close to your actual choice. Anything offered recently would certainly satisfy me if I just wanted something non-specific to listen to.

However I probably am always looking for specific tracks by my artist of choice and the range is far better even to include tracks only recently released. One example of this is a recording made in 1963 but only released in 2018 and it was available on release day to stream.

A feature recently added is to let Hi-Fi work with Google Chromecast. So what does the extra money get you well roughly four times the download quality, a normal subscription is 320kbps MP3 and Hi-Fi is 1411kbps in FLAC that is a lossless format very like a CD. Of course no adverts and I found that almost all tracks were available to stream whereas with no subscription there were often a good number greyed out so not streamable even in Lo-Fi.

I have enjoyed my time with Deezer and especially with the Hi-Fi subscription. My only worry is why the Desktop App is still in BETA after all this time even though it has been stable in my tests for many months.

Full details of the £19.99 monthly subscription are shown on the link below.

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