Qobuz Sublime, which includes high-resolution streaming through Android smartphones and iOS devices, is launching on select Sony products in the not too distant future.

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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grawhi80's picture


Why do you appear not to know of the existence of the Auralic Aries product? Their Facebook feed advised the other day they have integrated this feature in their latest release, which is available now.

Electrocompaniert have also said they are working on this, but I'm not sure what the status of their product is.

Also, you can now do this from iOS, but Qobuz advise you must use an external DAC to achieve this.