Naxos and OraStream Launch Classical High Resolution Streaming Service

Today, Naxos and OraStream announced Classics Online HD*LL (COLHD*LL), "The first high-definition and lossless classical music streaming service that uses adaptive bit-rate streaming technology".
COLHD*LL is available worldwide, for downloads and streaming of HD- and CD-lossless quality classical music. It enables music lovers to easily access an extensive library of classical music, in high-quality audio. It is the first consumer music service to stream lossless audio higher than 16-bit/44/1kHz quality. Using patented technology, HD- and CD-audio streaming occurs without delays in buffering large (lossless) audio files.
While there's no word on the size of the library, streaming in HD (up to 24/192) has been viewed by some as the holy grail of digital audio. The streaming service costs $14.99/month but you can sign up for a free 14-day trial at the COLHD*LL website.

Important Features of ClassicsOnline HD*LL (

  • Adaptive bitrate streaming in lossless and high-definition
  • Intuitive search engine crafted specifically for classical music
  • Liner notes, libretti and composer/artist information available
  • Wide range of repertoire from most classical record labels
  • Genre and artist radio programming
  • Easy playlist creation
  • Off-Line listening on mobile devices

Axiom05's picture

I quick check of the download store: no information is given for recordings marked HD (no bit depth or sample rate listed), pricing seems high compared to other sights, cf. HD Tracks, Presto Classical.

Axiom05's picture

That's sites, not sights.

Martin Osborne's picture

"available worldwide" :)

Blackmore's picture

Tried to listen to the 30 second clips and had a lot of re-buffering. Didn't signup for the full streaming, but out in rural Missouri, Naxos site didn't work too well for me. I'll wait another week or two and see if it is improved before signing up for the 14 day trial.

newby11's picture

I seem to be in a tiny minority that finds the whole streaming tsunami a complete rip-off.

If the idea is I would listen to streamed "hi-rez" (often just CD-level) at home, then I will be able to listen to said music only as long as I keep paying that monthly fee...forever. Moreover, only as long as my digital overloads (and their lawyers) decide I can listen to said music--recall that you don't own said music, you only get to rent it as long as they decide you may do so. forever, never own anything. Sound like a good deal to you?

Next, if the idea is I now get to listen to said music anywhere (big selling point), note that mobile data plans are not free. I already pay big bucks for my bucket of data and use up most of it every month. Streaming all this hi-rez data will mean paying for it, folks. So now there are data charges on top of the music renting charges--for something that you never own.

It's clear why the music and Silicon Valley set wants this new regime to take over, but it strikes me as a Trojan horse-style rip-off. Anyone recall Sony, et al secretly hacking your computer when you tried to rip your CDs, and, of course, blocking you from ripping SACDs altogether? I want to own my music, at a fair price, but this industry is trying very hard to pi** me off: a) can't rip hi-rez SACDs, b) don't make highest quality files of broad catalog available for sale, c) charge ridiculously high prices when they do, d) rig the game to force us to choose the pay-forever-'til-you-die streaming route.

If streaming is the only choice, they I'll stick with ripped CDs and free streaming to discover new music...that I will only purchase on rippable CDs at reasonable prices.

Come music "suits": Make the entire catalog available at highest PCM/DSD quality as reasonably priced, non-DRM-rigged files ("albums"!) we can actually OWN!

Or am I missing something here--is there some great value I'm overlooking?