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Qobuz Sublime hi-res streaming coming soon to select Sony products

Tucked away in a corner of the IFA show floor, Sony had one of its HAP-S1 music streamers on display. The S1 is already on sale, but this particular system just so happened to be running Qobuz Sublime and streaming high-resolution music.

The full-fat, hi-res part of the Qobuz Sublime subscription tier is already available through Android smartphones and LINN streamers, as well as on iOS devices connected to an external DAC, while the company has also recently announced support for other manufacturers including Samsung and Bluesound.

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Sony confirmed that it wasn’t too far away from releasing a firmware update that would bring Sublime to a number of audio products, including the S1 and, potentially, the high-end HAP-Z1ES music server.

Sony even hinted that other product types might be able to benefit from Sublime's hi-res streaming feature further down the line. Maybe those new Walkmans?

Linn has also confirmed that it's working on bringing Qobuz Sublime support to its products, but it appears Sony will be the first out of the blocks...

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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.