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Digital audio players and Qobuz

By Abigail Church | Qobuz & you | October 5, 2017

At the time of writing, there are quite a few digital audio players running on Android OS and possessing a Wi-Fi connection allowing them to access Internet via your home network or a public Wi-Fi network.

As with an Android smartphone, we can thus install the Qobuz application (if the Android version is recent enough, i.e. 4.0 at the lowest) and stream the same way, including in Hi-Res if you are a Sublime+ subscriber, or a Sublime subscriber for the albums you bought in Hi-Res.

In order to read the files stored in their memory, these devices use by default the software player chosen and installed by the manufacturer. However, as with any Android system, you’re free to install other applications, like another software player.

It would be interesting for Qobuz subscribers to install USB Audio Player Pro, an excellent software player able to play, for a wallet-friendly price, Hi-Res audio files up to 24-Bit/384 kHz, and also DSD, as the Qobuz application is integrated into this software.

You can also install the BubbleUPnP application, also requiring you to pay a cheap fee, which will allow you to access Qobuz on the cloud and listen to locally or stream, including in Hi-Res, toward a device compatible with UPnP.

Furthermore, since these digital audio players can also work as DACs while connected to a computer, you’ll have with this type of device running on Android a complete and autonomous digital audio playback system, a USB DAC and also, if you install BubbleUPnP and possess a system compatible with UPnP, some kind of wireless player, which means you’ll have everything you need to listen to your favorite digital songs any way you want, at home or on the go.

We have therefore listed the digital audio players running on Android that are currently available— and as you’ll see below, there’s not that many of them—and that we know of.

- Acoustic Research AR-M2 (indicative price ~1000 €)
AR-M2 on the manufacturer’s website

- Cayin i5 (indicative price 499 €)
i5 on the manufacturer’s website

- FiiO X5 III (indicative price 469 €)
X5 III on the manufacturer’s website

- FiiO X7 (indicative price 300 €)
X7 on the manufacturer’s website

- Fiio X7 II (indicative price 699 €)
X7 II on the manufacturer’s website

- iBasso DX200 (indicative price 999 €)
DX200 on the manufacturer’s website

- Onkyo DP-X1 (indicative price 650 €)
DP-X1 on the manufacturer’s website

- Pioneer XDP-100R (indicative price 399 €)
XDP-100R on the manufacturer’s website

- Pioneer XDP-300R (indicative price 650 €)
XDP-300R on the manufacturer’s website

- Sony NW-WM1A (indicative price 1,190 €)
NW-WM1A on the manufacturer’s website-

- Sony NW-WM1Z (indicative price 3,200 €)
NW-WM1Z on the manufacturer’s website

- Sony walkman NW-ZX2 (indicative price 1,190 €)
NW-ZX2 on the manufacturer’s website


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