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In Reply to: RE: tidal sounds like shit posted by bullethead on February 26, 2017 at 15:28:44
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 :)
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