Bridge II support for Qobuz?


#1

Paul, is there any chance that the next release of BII software would improve support so it would adhere to current DLNA standards, to play direct from the Qobuz application, or reliably play anything from Audirvana? Both of these vendors have blamed DAC vendors for not working with their DLNA apps…

I’m not all that thrilled with Tidal, as their selection of Jazz is very small.

I have a Sublime Qobuz subscription, and play it thru Audirvana and Bubble, but I’d really prefer to run the native Qobuz application on my iMac and drop Tidal entirely.

Is there any hope for Qobuz support, or have you had any contact about this with Audirvana?


#2

+1 It would be great if Audirvana Plus v3 would work with the Bridge II.


#3

Audirvana 3 technically does “work”, i.e. plays music to the DSD, but breaks frequently.
If you do get it to start playing a playlist (about one in five tries), it will continue, but the other four times it plays one track then stops.
The author blames the DAC manufacturers, and says he will even work with the vendors and tell them exactly what needs to be changed.


#4

Just in case :unamused: …one can use the native Qobuz app/GUI shared with BubbleUPnP. Although not quite ‘the way it ought to work’ it really is a good functioning workaround;


#5

The Qobuz native apps will be fixing their UPnP support by the time of the US launch. So you should be able to play direct from the Qobuz apps to the Bridge II once they fix it.

Also it appears Qobuz is coming to Roon (and the Bridge II is a Roon endpoint).

https://www.computeraudiophile.com/forums/topic/46611-official-qobuz-issues-thread/?do=findComment&comment=852012


#6

That is great news. I find Roon reliable, and it sounds good these days, but I really want to drop Tidal. I’ve been trying to use Audirvana as a Mac-based alternative to Bubble.


#7

I agree - it’s SQ is not the same as 18 months ago. I’ve always prefered Audirvana in SQ until the last 6 months or so.

And after using different servers for Roon (on an iMac, Windows Machine, Linux on a PC), I found SQ is best with their ROCK DIY option on an Intel NUC, where they control the entire operating system and all processes (it runs Roon OS).

For those that don’t want to do DIY, their fanless Nucleus and Nucleus Plus are the options to go for.


#8

When we launch Octave we will certainly support Qobuz and have already negotiated terms and are working on it. I see Qobuz as being our mainstay for streaming and Tidal a distant second. We will likely offer DLNA support if we can easily do it but that too will be a distant cousin of what we want to accomplish.


#9

I was hoping for better DLNA support in Bridge 2…


#10

Hi Paul, Now that Qobuz is supported, how is it supposed to work? Can’t find a How To on this. My DirectStream proposed a Bridge II upgrade, I accepted it and it now shows 3.6.17 and no other upgrade available (I can read on the forum that 3.6.2 is required). I suppose there is no particular local settings - I’m in France.
When in the Qobuz app (iOS), I can’t see the Bridge II device in Qobuz Connect. Is this the way it should work?
Just updated to Snowmass…this is Christmas 3 weeks in advance. Thanks, Eric


#11

I downloaded the Qobuz app (Mac) yesterday and noted that it was a new Beta version, so I tried it out.
As in the previous Beta, it identified the Bridge as a potential output device, but, as in the previous Beta, no sound came out, even though the progress bar indicated that the music was playing.
DSD and Bridge are up to date on mountaintops and versions, but still no Qobuz app working.
Not a big deal for me, as my Auralic Aries plays Qobuz with better sound than other options.


#12

Qobuz isn’t yet available in the US (at least I don’t thin it is). Use the MConnect app to control the Bridge and it should be available there when it finally launches. Last I heard it was going to be in January which is right around the corner.


#13

You can access and play Qobuz through the MConnect app now, I have been doing it for over a year. Just sign in as you do Tidal inside MConnect.


#14

Or use BubbleUPnP, which fully supports Qobuz > Bridge.


#15

I am located in the U.S. and have a quboz account. It plays through mconnect to the Bridge II.


#16

I have Qobuz now on my Mac in the U.S. (beta tester)…
How do I get it on the Bridge II? (Just ordered)
Do I need to use JRiver and then find qobuz on MConnect or the JRiver iOS app?


#17

You can use Roon, BubbleUPnP, JRiver, mConnect, or (still buggy) Audirvana to play Qobuz to the Bridge II. I use Roon for convenience, and Bubble for the sound.
The Qobuz app doesn’t seem to work with the Bridge yet.


#18

The Qobuz app works quite well shared with BubbleUPnP :wink:


#19

I access through MConnect via Bridge II; I have never been successful getting
JRiver to access a streaming service. MConnect offers Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz, etc.
I selected Qobuz and entered my Qobuz log-in credentials and then could go to the stream. The interface is not as robust as through the Qobuz site, but it has a simple “search” feature and you can create and access playlists. BTW, I have a hi-res Qobuz account, but have not been able to stream past 16/44. I’m exchanging emails with Qobuz support about this.

I am about to start a 30 day Roon trial, as I am told it now is the same SQ as JRiver and that it offers integration with streaming services—but I can’t vouch for that personally.

Hope this helps.


#20

I think the problem may be more with MConnect than Qobuz. Since the update to MControl HD on the 25th I have been unable to stream in Hi Res either. I even deleted and re-loaded the app and re-booted the DS. I have no problem streaming Hi Res from either the Lumin app or Lightning DS for Aries in other systems. The problem is strictly with the Bridge II and MControl.