Impressions of Tidal

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  • Tidal is the best quality music platform I have ever used. I download tidal songs by using an Audio Capture. It works really well for me and I love it.
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,801
    Spammer. Go away.
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  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 2,710
    I know I'm going to get beat up over this but I think the big picture here is, people are willing to sacrifice audiophile quality for convenience and streaming services such as Tidal have it in spades.
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  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 2,015
    I have not regretted the switch. Very happy
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,488
    Bob, can you elaborate some as to the library on Quboz. Seems to be a sticky point with many.
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  • mark090852mark090852 Posts: 1,015
    edited November 2019
    tonyb wrote: »
    Bob, can you elaborate some as to the library on Quboz. Seems to be a sticky point with many.

    I stream from Qobuz exclusively now and am very happy with it. I listened to the announcement today, and the managing director of Qobuz USA said Qobuz currently has approx. 2.5 million 24 bit tracks and 40-45 million CD quality tracks. He also said they are adding 10,000 albums per day. So chances are they will have most anything you want available. If not today, then soon.
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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,736
    tonyb wrote: »
    Bob, can you elaborate some as to the library on Quboz. Seems to be a sticky point with many.

    One month free trial?!?
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 9,296
    edited November 2019
    You can search the Qobuz library without an account. They were missing some of my favorite bands which Tidal has.

    https://www.qobuz.com/us-en/shop
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,401
    I was already a yearly subscriber to Qobuz but they let you re-up for the next year at a prorated rate. I still am liking them better then tidal for sound quality but, i like tidal interface and searches better.
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  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,228
    edited November 2019
    tonyb wrote: »

    In vinyl, the player itself, needle, arm, platter, vibration control, all play a part in the quality you'll hear.

    .

    Micro-ridge stylus is my choice. You can get deeper in the groove of a used record. I've had folks over who asked why is my vinyl playback so quiet. I've also got records where the bass sounds better than the digital counterpart. Quality of the RIAA equalization and where it occurs also affects vinyl playback. CD's may have a higher possible dynamic range, but that doesn't mean vinyl can't be 'oh, wow' dynamic.

    I went DIY with both formats to get the most out of the dollar spent. Yet vinyl always seems to get the nod here. Digital wise, some DIY folks have went into DSD conversion playback only. You can buy DAC's that are optimized for that now. DIY DAC's typically allow access to all firmware and filter settings for optimization.

    IMO, learn about your format and optimize it is the key.




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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,488
    Thanks Rich, I just learned something new there.
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  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,228
    tonyb wrote: »
    Thanks Rich, I just learned something new there.

    Kewl! RIAA can be passive or active. My Bottlehead Eros phono pre has passive RIAA equalization between the first and second gain stage. The advantages of passive is no overload, no feedback, and no high frequency gain limits. Less distortion and noise is always a plus when dealing with the high amplification of a phono cartridge.

    I'm sure Mr Hardy, our resident expert, could expand on the topic.
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  • verbverb Posts: 10,281
    Not sure if this is the masters, but worth a look. Just got the e-mail! :smile:
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  • verb wrote: »
    Not sure if this is the masters, but worth a look. Just got the e-mail! :smile:
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    I have an email for 4 months at $1.99 for Hifi. I'll forward it to someone as I won't be using it.
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,801
    Still too many streaming services for me, and they all have different artists. Once this shakes out to one or two services, and they all have the same music, then I will sign on.
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  • DSkip wrote: »
    Maybe they are feeling the squeeze from Qobuz and Amazon Music.

    I wish Spotify was feeling the squeeze enough to move up to a lossless option. That's still by far my favorite platform from the user's end. I pretty much only use Tidal on the main system.

    Unfortunately, all these great Tidal deals are for new customers only. I'd be stocking up if they could be applied to existing accounts.
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  • DSkip wrote: »
    Maybe they are feeling the squeeze from Qobuz and Amazon Music.

    I wish Spotify was feeling the squeeze enough to move up to a lossless option. That's still by far my favorite platform from the user's end. I pretty much only use Tidal on the main system.

    Unfortunately, all these great Tidal deals are for new customers only. I'd be stocking up if they could be applied to existing accounts.

    If you cancel then use my email it should give you the deal :)

    I was a former member and they sent the promotion to me.
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  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 2,710
    DSkip wrote: »
    Maybe they are feeling the squeeze from Qobuz and Amazon Music.

    Or they are trying to corner the market then buy out the competitors who are loosing money.
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  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 2,888
    Sprint owns 33% of Tidal and Sprint customers can get it for free. You have to have either an unlimited plus plan or unlimited premium plan. The plus plan gets you Tidal Premium which is 320kbps streams. Unlimited premium gets you Tidal HiFi.
    Man these MQA streams sound GOOD!
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