NEWS: TIDAL adds millions more MQA tracks

Kingchin

Active Member
Personally I think MQA was released primarily as a money maker. Lot's of false marketing talk of improved sound but no evidence to back up the claims.

I'll stick to CDs, SACDs and FLAC downloads. The master and mastering of the song is much more important to how the sound quality will actually be.
 

Ant77

Active Member
Have a tidal hifi subscription as well as spotify and to be honest, to my ears, I can't tell the difference. They both sound the same to me. Really all these things are hardly discernible, you'll notice more difference going from speaker to speaker. Don't think I'll bother keeping the tidal after it expires
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
@Kingchin I would be inclined to agree and would be non plussed to see MQA go, but it is also possible the MQA version on Tidal means they have paid more attention to the mastering
 

kwangomango

Active Member
What exactly is the source of these MQA versions? Do they go back to the original master tape and remaster an MQA version or has there always been a flat digital copy of the master tape that all mastering uses?
 

Helix Hifi

Active Member
What exactly is the source of these MQA versions? Do they go back to the original master tape and remaster an MQA version or has there always been a flat digital copy of the master tape that all mastering uses?
I’m not sure. I do think they do a complete new mastering of each album, thus marketing them as Mqa. I have tried the so called Tidal Mqa masters. In my opinion it was not worth the money. In many cases the sound got too sterile in my opinion.
 

trmalcolm

Active Member
Which streaming service is best for Naim NDS/555.
I have Tidal @ £20 month,but Naim seams to not support MQA for what it's worth.
What best sound is possible or i should be aiming for the above,ie ripping cds v tidal etc.
Iam very much a novice.
 

Helix Hifi

Active Member
Which streaming service is best for Naim NDS/555.
I have Tidal @ £20 month,but Naim seams to not support MQA for what it's worth.
What best sound is possible or i should be aiming for the above,ie ripping cds v tidal etc.
Iam very much a novice.
Bluesound supports Tidal MQA. Bluesound Node2i as an example. It can also work as streamer if you want to play your own local files/cd by using NAS network hard drive connected to your WiFi. Cd we’ll always sound the best if you ask me compared to streaming. But I do think Apple Music, Spotify Premium is a very good choice still. You could always rip your cds using EAC (software) and see which format you prefer.
 

Nick Odgers

Active Member
I am not keen on SACD either, I played flac and SACD version of Love over Gold by Dire Straits, via PC through Music Bee to McIntosh pre-amp. There was little bass on opening track on SACD version. Flac sounded much better.
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
I am not keen on SACD either, I played flac and SACD version of Love over Gold by Dire Straits, via PC through Music Bee to McIntosh pre-amp. There was little bass on opening track on SACD version. Flac sounded much better.
Okay, but was the SACD versus Flac based upon the same master ☺
 
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Helix Hifi

Active Member
Check out Dire Straits Blue Swirl/Red Swirl from the early 80’s. -Love Over Gold- jumps from the speakers. Insane sound quality!
 

Adcom

Novice Member
Long, long time Spotify user, but I'm trying out the Tidal Masters for the month, and I have to say it's the first time I've not had buyers remorse about my 8 month old Wharfedale Evo 4.4's. Playing through a Bluesound Powernode 2 there are a few tracks where Tidal Masters not only beat Spotify but also my USB stick WMA lossless CD collection (I expected USB WMA Lossless > Tidal Masters > Spotify). The Tidal app has frozen a few times but otherwise is a nice experience. I've not immersed myself in the 16 bit/24 bit, MQA, is it?/isn't it? stuff - I'm just a listener, but my ears are telling me it's better than Spotify.
 
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jsl20

Standard Member
Some of my library got the MQA treatment as part of this. I’ve listened to a few albums that until now have only been in 16/44 and I’ve noticed a definite improvement now they’re MQA. This may be due to the mastering rather than the increase in resolution. Either way it’s a good update for tidal hifi users!

I wonder whether we’ll get more electronics companies producing MQA approved products and DACs if this continues.
 

MFire

Member
Tidal has added lots of MQA songs but in reality they haven't. I use Tidal through USB Audio Player Pro that displays exactly the quality. MQA is 24 bits BUT all the newly added MQA songs are 16 bit and same exact kbps as HiFi so...they really haven't. The official Tidal app says they are "Master" but in reality they are not.
 

jsl20

Standard Member
Tidal has added lots of MQA songs but in reality they haven't. I use Tidal through USB Audio Player Pro that displays exactly the quality. MQA is 24 bits BUT all the newly added MQA songs are 16 bit and same exact kbps as HiFi so...they really haven't. The official Tidal app says they are "Master" but in reality they are not.
That’s weird. Is it wishful thinking to hope that tidal will one day stream the high res files in a lossless format? If it can stream 4K with vision/atmos I don’t think songs will trouble my bandwidth too much.
 

imac1971

Standard Member
I was sceptical. Until I played Avalon by Roxy Music through my Dragonfly Cobalt. I have never heard it with such soundstage, bass weight, and dynamics. I'm finding this on everything
I've tried so far. Incredible. I've only tried songs I've known for many years.
 

Jaded1

Active Member
I was thinking of upgrading from my trial period but when I put tidal on my firestick it asked me to sign up £22.99 or £23.99 So looks like prices are going up soon? Not bothering at that price.
 

Toon Army

Well-known Member

imac1971

Standard Member
interesting to see how its being added. Many major names not as yet, but hey, Classix Nouveaux & Blancmange from the 80's!!
 

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