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How do I experience Hi-Res on Android?
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Written by Maxime A
Updated over a week ago

We remind you that a Studio Premier or Studio Sublime subscription is required to enjoy this streaming quality, and that the Hi-Res option must be selected in the settings of your Qobuz application.

There are a number of ways to listen to your music in Hi-Res quality with your Android device, and they can be grouped into two main categories: directly through your phone, or wirelessly.

Listening through your phone, with a wired connection

Your phone might already be compatible with Hi-Res audio, such is the case with the latest Samsung or LG smartphone models.

If this is not the case, you might need to invest in a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to listen to your music in Hi-Res quality.

There are many Android-compatible DACs, which function with a wired connection. Some of them can be used directly with Qobuz in Hi-Res and others via the Qobuz-integrated app USB Audio Player Pro, which only costs a few pounds.

Usable both at home and on the move, the DAC option is useful and versatile, especially if the chosen DAC is fitted with a battery, therefore preserving the battery of the smartphone.

Listening through your phone, via a wireless device

First of all, please note that Bluetooth is unfortunately not a viable solution, as the files are compressed before being read by your Bluetooth device, negating the value of Hi-Res quality.

Among the reliable solutions, you can use:

1 - Google Cast/Chromecast built-in

On Android (as on iOS), the Qobuz app is compatible with Google Cast/Chromecast built-in, i.e. you can stream Qobuz in Hi-Res to devices compatible with this service (in 24-bit at 96 kHz in most cases and up to 24-bit at 192 kHz on some devices).

It’s both a simple and universal solution, offering a very good sound quality due to it being in FLAC format. It also has the advantage of not draining your battery, as your smartphone acts as a remote control, with the files being played directly from the Qobuz servers by your Google Cast/Chromecast built-in device.

2 - BubbleUPnP

BubbleUPnP is a mobile app that allows an Android smartphone or tablet to transmit audio files to a DLNA/UPnP-compatible network device.

It is very inexpensive and Qobuz is integrated in 24-bit Hi-Res up to 192kHz (depending on the receiving devices).

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