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Casting Qobuz without difficulties from the Chrome browser on PC or Mac!

By Philippe Daussin |

We rarely talk about this, but the Chrome browser integrates the GoogleCast protocol—for good reason—and can thus wirelessly broadcast audio content from their Web playback toward a compatible device, for example the ChromeCast Audio (or Video) or any system integrating the GoogleCast protocol.

We will answer the question that is often asked by some of our subscribers who would like to establish a wireless connection with their system from the Qobuz application for Mac/PC.

We will answer the question that is often asked by some of our subscribers who would like to establish a wireless connection with their system from the Qobuz application for Mac/PC.

We will now give you the procedure to follow from a PC (it will be the same from a Mac computer equipped with the Chrome browser).

- After going to the Download page of the Qobuz.com website, choose the album that you want to listen to.


- Then click on the "Web Player" button (if it didn’t appear or has disappeared, reload the page).


- The Web Player page opens and displays the chosen album.


- Then click on the small emitter-shaped icon in the bottom right corner of the page.


- If several devices compatible with GoogleCast are present on the network, they will be listed. Choose the one with which you want to cast Qobuz (here “Atelier HiFi”).


- The window content changes, notifying you that the broadcast will indeed be done on the chosen device. Then, close the window by clicking on the cross (if you click on “Cancel”, you will go back to the list of devices).


- The playback of the album can now start.


- By clicking once again on the small emitter-shaped icon, you can if you want change devices during playback, if you possess several devices.


You can use the Web Player or the Qobuz application for Mac/PC, or close it and go back to the Download web page and choose another album to listen to and relaunch the Web Player.

However, it is worth noting that since GoogleCast is handled by the Chrome browser, the sampling frequency of all casted signals is systematically 48 kHz. We have discovered this fact by checking the samplings with Qobuz files, and whether they were 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz or 96 kHz, the DAC always displayed 48 kHz!

Actually, we think that this option of the Chrome browser was meant for mirroring your screen on a TV and thus should mostly be used with the ChromeCast stick equipped with a HDMI plug, which only processes audio sampling at 48 kHz.

Here, you can see what is stated on this help page from Google support:

You can use a Chromecast device to show a Chrome tab or your screen on your TV using a Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, or TV with Chromecast built-in.

They do not mention ChromeCast Audio…

Therefore, if users notice their DAC displaying 48 kHz while they stream a Qobuz file sampled at 96 kHz or other, it is completely normal!

Chromecast Help

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