1. Mehdiem

    Tidal HiFi vs Spotify Premium? Can you hear the difference?

    Hi guys. I am a Tidal user (HiFi only) and contemplating a move to Spotify. The reason is that I don’t like Tidal’s playlist management. It’s very annoying. I was wondering if you could hear the difference between Tidal (CD Quality) and Spotify premium which is 320. These two are my only...
  2. Mehdiem

    Tidal HiFi vs HiFi Plus: Can you hear the difference?

    I have been using Tidal HiFi Plus for a while now. I used to listen to MQA all the time, and lately decided not to as I read a few articles against MQA. My new DAC (RME) is not supporting MQA either. This made me think that I might need to downgrade my Tidal account to HiFi only. ($10 vs $20)...
  3. M

    Direct streaming Tidal MQA via main stream streamer

    Hi I'm a newbie to the DACs and streamers. I've subscribed to Tidal Hi-fi plus and would like to stream (not to download) those MQA Hi-Res music to my home gear for listening. After checking for many products that are affordable to me, the followings that can fully decode MQA and have streaming...
  4. L

    EQ for headphones with Zen Stream + DAC + Tidal

    Hello everybody, I'm new here and I'd like to post a question. My setup is composed by a MacBook Pro / Android Phone + Zen Stream + Topping E50 + Rega Brio R + Grado 225e and I'm struggling to understand if there's a way to insert some sort of EQ in this audio chain. The Zen Stream and DAC are...
  5. A

    Modern streamer pre-amp help

    Hello forum! I'm finishing up my new project for a stereo system for my living room and I'm going crazy with the last piece of the puzzle: the streamer/DAC/pre-amp. I have an amplifier and a pair of speakers and I am delighted with the set. I need a source to act as a streamer, DAC, and...
  6. A

    Schiit Modius + A30 pro stack clipping in Tidal

    Hey guys , kinda new to this hobby and glad to see many helpful and knowledgeable people in this forum. I've just subscribed to tidal as my main source of hi-res music. My audio gear is Schiit Modius (DAC) stacked to A30 pro (AMP) via BAl in/out XLR , driving a Hifiman Ananda. Windows audio...
  7. J

    Tidal Family and Individual Subscriptions

    I just stumbled on this. Best Buy is offering Tidal subscriptions for half price if you buy through them for a year. For example, a year of HiFi is only $99 and a family plan HiFi is $180. The non HiFI (Premium) is ony $69/yr THE BAD NEWS is you have to start a new account...you can't use...
  8. M

    Help! - SMSL Su-8s only playing MQA files on tidal @44.1khz

    Hi guys, I've just got the SMSL Su-8s and I'm struggling to get MQA playback on Tidal working properly as it seems to only want to play 44.1khz I have downloaded the drivers from Shenzen audio "https://download.shenzhenaudio.com/#su8s/1" and installed them but when playing a Master track on...
  9. M

    Opinions on the music-discovery performance of current streaming services (and how to get the most out of them)?

    Sure, we all have a stash of cd rips and high-res content that was repeatedly vetted and benchmarked on various gear... But nothing compares to the thrill of hearing something for the first time that fits so perfectly in the moment. As someone who does ml by day (outside the entertainment...
  10. acbarn

    Are you moving from Roon+Tidal/Qobuz to a Major HiFi Streaming Service?

    Now that lossless has hit the mainstream, will you be dropping your Roon subscription in favor of one of the major streaming services?
  11. D3Buddha

    TIDAL: No EQ is a major oversight

    Regarding TIDAL for iOS & macOS: First of all, I love the song selection and you simply can’t beat the sample rate (bravo there!), but how does an industry-leading hifi service like Tidal not include EQ natively? Someone hasn't done their homework regarding what audio enthusiasts really want...
  12. G

    DAC for TIDAL Master - Meridian Explorer v1 DAC / Ztella MQA DAC / Hiby FC3 / IFI ZEN DAC / Topping D10

    I would like to purchase a better option for listening to Tidal Master both on my desktop and on my cell phone. I own a Philips Fidelio x1s headphone and a KZ ZS10 Pro I thought of some options: Ztella (versão MQA) HiBy FC3 Temptec Sonata Hd Pro Meridian Explorer v1 DAC and Desktop Options...
  13. GoldenOne

    MQA Deep Dive - I published music on tidal to test MQA

    EDIT: UPDATED with most current information. Introduction MQA is a proprietary music compression solution that uses the FLAC container. It requires a license fee for manufacturers to implement it, and due to the lack of transparency from MQA, there has been relatively little conclusive...
  14. T

    DAP Shanling M2X, login Tidal problem

    For a few days I have a problem with logging in to tidal on Shanling M2x. Is the message: Client not found ", do you have similar problems? On other devices it is OK.
  15. D

    Regarding the sound differences between Spotify, Tidal, and YouTube on web/desktop/mobile

    I started a Tidal trial on mobile a few weeks ago and was impressed with the (ostencibly) more enjoyable sound than that of Spotify. After numerous listens between the services and on different devices, I set out to understand why Spotify and Tidal sound different. The following comparisons are...
  16. M

    Another MQA thread ;)

    Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum as a member, but have read threads in this forum many times before with great interest! I can see, that the guys here are WAY above my level, so I hope you will forgive me for sounding like the amateur, I am :) My question below is about MQA quality. If you...
  17. C

    Help with Korg DS-DAC-100m and TIDAL!!!!

    Hi I'm fairly new using a DAC for a desktop setup so this question may be trivial, but I really cannot get my head around the problem. Recently I got a Korg DS-DAC-100m and I'm trying to use it to stream TIDAL to my speakers.I've set it up as instructed by the (outdated) instructions in the...
  18. ThatM1key

    The Loudness Wars has invaded the streaming services.

    While I was listening to music on tidal I noticed this one track sounded louder than usually. The track was "every rose has its thorn" by poison. I directly downloaded the songs from Qobuz and Tidal to compare. I will be using the DR Tool with Foobar2000. Yes I do own this specific song. DRM...
  19. mssngpeces

    TIDAL HI-FI + ROON: some albums only offer an MQA version?

    Hello, I recently installed Roon on my computer and found out that some albums I've been playing are not being played in FLAC, but seems to be a downsampled version of the MQA version (see picture). I'm confused since I selected HiFi in streaming quality (and not master, as I've read it is...
  20. M

    Vimberg Amea Bookshelf Measurements | SoundStage/NRC

    https://www.soundstagenetwork.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2401:nrc-measurements-vimberg-amea-loudspeakers&catid=77&Itemid=153 0-15-30° H 45-60-75°H At $14,000-$15,000 USD, I‘m a bit disappointed by the directivity mismatch around 2kHz. Without looking at the price, I...
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