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I don't know why, perhaps watermarking.
I'm not having it.
I think I had said I was happy with the quality of Masters, but that I thought a good transport with the CD was still better than Tidal's 16/44.
It has been brought up that the versions Tidal has may be different and that may be it, or they are transferring CDs, rather than the files used to make those CDs. Or it is their player, and Roon may be necessary to get the best out of Tidal.
Last night I found that Tidal had a number of Juliana Hatfield CDs, and her former group the Blake Babies "God Bless The Blake Babies".
When I played " God Bless" on Tidal it was bad. I have a copy that was ripped and burned about 12+ years ago. And it was done on a desktop using whatever software came with it. I had expected the Tidal version to be better, well the CD on my Lindemann 825 just sounds so much better.
I have heard a few audiophiles claim that Tidal 16/44 is superior to their rips. I don't think you can make a blanket statement like that.
I imagine that the new MQA releases have been carefully processed and chosen to get Masters off the ground, while their other content is not getting the best versions.
I was disappointed with the first 16/44 file I heard, but not knowing the recording, I had no reference.
I am beginning to think that other than Masters, Tidal may only be of use as background music, and to audition potential purchases.
Bullethead, thanks for prompting me to look/listen deeper.
I use an Audionote transport feeding an Audio-GD master7 dac to play CDS.
Tidal sounds just as good. I feed Tidal via there app directly from a Macbook Pro. The Mac feeds an Intona galvonic Isolater which feeds a xingser USB converter. The converter via I2S feeds the Master 7. I have several friends that stream Tidal and they love the content and the sound
ok, you are welcome.
put it this way with a CD player like you have I would stick to it.
I found nothing on Tidal worth it, even Deezer Elite for me at lossless sounds ok, but nothing beats the CD.
Perhaps we are starting another "nutter" situation, similar to how I view the Vinyl types. I stick to digital, CD specifically, perhaps perfect sound forever.
I do like the masters, if everything was that way I wouldn't say anything :)
I had no (audio)luck with using Tidal in Chrome, but I have found the desktop app sounds good, at least to my ears on my equipment.
But with all things audio, YMMV.
As my father used to say, "That why Howard Johnson's makes 28 flavors."
"Decaf is for cowards."
they don't seem to have a lot of the artists I listen too.
Sometimes they might have the artist and others maybe only 2-3 tracks.
I wasn't impressed with 16/44, but the partially unfolded Masters can sound very good.
I got a free three month trial, right after the Masters were released. At first I was a little suspect of them, it kind of seemed like they had done something to just sweeten the sound, but then I listened to enough different artists/bands that I think what I was hearing was, for example the first three Van Morrison LPs and The Doors was, for lack of a better descriptor, a house sound.
If there is any real limitation it is their player. My transport is out for a warranty replacement of the disc drive, after it gets back I will do some direct comparisons. Well as direct as possible, because they could be different versions. Tidal will sometimes have three or four versions of the same album. Sometimes they will be labeled as remastered or deluxe, other times they appear identical.
I heard from a friend, a local dealer we both respect for his golden ears, says the Masters streamed through an Aurender sound better than the CD played on an Audio Research CD9, high praise, as the CD9 is the best CD player I have personally heard.
What are you hearing, comparing, that brought you to the above stated conclusion?
16/44.1 direct to CD comparison,
midrange seems artifical dullness to it.
used a bunch of sources, macbook usb, sonos connect which was modified and an auralic aries.
cd transport is a basic yamaha CD-S1000 and Auralic vega as the DAC for all of the sources.
Well, my transport should be back by Friday, once it settles in, I'll do some comparisons.
What about Masters? Did you listen to any of them? If you use the Tidal player, you should be seeing 24/88 or 96 at your DAC.
Are you new to Tidal? There are more settings after you click on your DAC, of course you probably know that, but it is not obvious to everyone. I think I missed it the first time.
Masters sound pretty good. I used the Meridian Explorer 2 DAC with them.
considering most of the content I listen to is only available as 16/44.1 I still prefer the CD. However the stream is convenient, just not the best compared to physical disc.
Have you tried partially unfolded through Vega DAC?
Playing the partially unfolded MQA files through by Lindemann, well depending on the original recording, some do sound really good.
I do wish I could bypass the Tidal player, but Roon is too expensive, and JRiver doesn't have any plans for Tidal. I did some reading, and apparently JRiver had done a lot of work to integrate, and Tidal said no.
Roon must have paid enough for them to allow it.
yes, tried the partial unfold on the Vega. Does not sound as good as the Meridian Explorer 2.
I subscribe to Deezer Elite, and will stick with it instead.
Tidal MQA through their player into my Dragonfly Black sounded really good. The 16/44.1 not as much, but still better than any other streaming. I gave up on CD a while ago, but as I said elsewhere, maybe I needed to get a better DAC.
Vinyl Rules! (ducks)
You haven't updated your system since 2007, so it's hard to say. To get the best out of CDs, I believe everything matters. That means a good transport or all in one player. If separates then a good cable, preferably an I2S connection.
It is the same thing with Tidal, with partially unfolded MQA, and a good clean connection,or full MQA DAC like a Mytek, it can be totally enjoyable audio.
Right now I prefer CDs or downloads through JRiver, to Tidal's 16/44, but having all that music available is very cool. I think if you aren't using it to listen to music you already have, it is easier to enjoy. Kind of like ignorance is bliss.
If you only listen to audiophile quality recordings, you miss out on a lot good, but sometimes poorly recorded music. To me it is about the music first. And with the right gear, bad recordings are still worth listening to.
Sounds good to me. But I have gigabit internet.
"We have met the enemy and he is us" - Pogo
I think it sounds great.
One with more expensive DAC chips and LOTS of them!!!
That is expensive!
Thats why manufacturers went to Delta/Sigma chips. They are cheap
while my Audio-GD Master 11 Headphone/DAC uses only FOUR.
Cheap Chinese DACs indeed!
And so does my Audiogd Ref 7. But my Audiogd Ref 5 only has four.
So that's 20!
Make that My Audio-GD Reference not Master 7.
I bought the Master 11 first and it never made it into my main system as it sits next to my easy chair in the living room hooked up to laptop and headphones.
So I bought the Ref. 7 for the main system.
I get the nomenclature mixed up sometimes.
But lots of PCM1704U-K in the house, that's for certain.
I've been using Audiogd products for a long time. Over the years they've made a lot of unique one-off products.
I ended up with a complete Master series set-up Dac, Pre, and Amp. But to me the jewels of Audiogd are my desktop Roc -headamp/preamp and the Ref 5.
Don't use my Ref7 so much anymore and I've sold off my Audiogd Sabre stuff.
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