In the event you’re a classical music fan like me, mainstream music-streaming companies equivalent to Spotify don’t meet your wants. Tidal—even with its expensive FLAC/MQA tier—doesn’t both. Properly I’ve discovered a service that does: It’s referred to as Primephonic.

Primephonic, which launched within the U.S. and U.Okay. on June 26, is a $14.99-per-month streaming service that’s an outgrowth of the identical firm’s high-resolution obtain retailer. I just lately took the service for a spin and likewise spoke with the corporate’s administration: CEO and co-founder Simon Eder and CMO Jonathan Bradley.

You may join a 30-day free trial of the service without having to supply a bank card to attempt it. Paying subscribers get an added perk: A 10-percent low cost on the acquisition of high-resolution downloads from the Primephonic retailer.

Internet streaming at this time, an app within the fall

Primephonic’s streaming service is presently browser-based and options up-to-CD-quality audio. The web site is a responsive design, which implies that it’s accessible from desktop, pill, and cellular units. The service presents 16-bit, 44.1kHz FLAC streams by default, however you possibly can go for 192Kbps MP3 in case your ISP imposes a extreme information cap, for instance, otherwise you’re utilizing a cellular connection.

In the event you select to stream Primephonic’s FLAC providing out of your laptop’s digital-audio output to a two-channel or multi-channel audio system, as I did throughout my analysis, I like to recommend utilizing Google’s Chrome browser. I encountered weird audio artifacts utilizing Firefox, and Safari produced no audio in any respect. These issues disappeared after I used my Mac’s personal audio system and after I plugged headphones into the Mac. And I  encountered no issues in any respect with Chrome, Firefox, or Safari after I switched to MP3 streams.

Eder and Bradley informed me that Primephonic will launch an iOS app someday this fall, which can add the power to obtain albums and tracks for offline playback. That’s one thing you possibly can’t do with the browser-based service. The corporate can also be contemplating including video and multimedia content material if there’s ample demand.

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You may select to stream classical works in FLAC or MP3.

A streaming catalog rising larger by the day

Bradley mentioned Primephonic presents roughly 7,000 albums—greater than than 100,000 tracks—for streaming at this time. The corporate’s on-line retailer, in distinction, shares greater than 16,000 downloadable albums.

Classical works vary from a high-quality choice from stalwart classical labels equivalent to LSO, Naxos, and Residing Stereo. Primephonic just lately signed offers with Warner Classical and Sony Leisure that may convey three key Warner labels—Erato, Warner Classics, and Muncher Philharmoniker—and greater than 30 labels from Sony Music Leisure to its streaming service. The corporate hopes to ingest the core Warner and Sony back-catalogs by the top of 2017.

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