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How do I experience Hi-Res on iOS?
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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 through your iOS device, and they can be grouped into two main categories: directly through your phone, or wirelessly.

Listening through your phone, with a wired connection

To enjoy Hi-Res on iOS, you’ll need to invest in a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to listen to your music in Hi-Res quality.

If you have an iPhone/iPad, many DACs can be used to experience the Qobuz application in Hi-Res via the camera kit, which automatically recognises the DAC.

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, thereby 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 option, as the files are compressed before being read by your Bluetooth device, negating the value of Hi-Res quality.

The Airplay function on iOS only allows Qobuz to be used in CD quality due to Airplay’s restriction to 16-bit digital audio files at 48 kHz.

Among the reliable solutions, you can use: Google Cast / Chromecast built-in

On iOS (as on Android), 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.

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