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How long ago did you review TIDAL?

 

I liked Spotify mostly for the library, but often times that SQ is lacking. What do you recommend? Deezer? Spotify? TIDAL?

 

I suppose improvements will always come to any of the three.

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I've been testing Tidal again the past few days and I find it hard not to appreciate the improved SQ compared to lossy streaming services. It's not the kind of difference you hear when you go from 128kbps to 320kbps or even 192kbps, but the extra crispiness, deeper base, better instrument separation boderlining on placebo all make for a significant difference -- the kind people around head-fi usually pay good money for.

 

Problem is, I just cannot get over all the other flaws. The UI is lacking (and ugly) compared to Spotify or Deezer and the library is smaller.

 

What puts me off the most, however, is the way music discovery / radios / playlists etc. are handled by the people behind Tidal. I could be listening to some 70s funk one minute (song-based radio) and then get served a house track out of nowhere or go straight to punk from UK garage. The playlists and radios plain suck for anyone who isn't interested in listening to mainstream music that they play over and over and over again in every radio station anyway. There are no suggestions based on what you listen to, very little ways to look for new music other than sifting through the similar artists page. I've received an e-mail from Tidal this morning about a new song or something from Beyonce, despite the fact that I have never looked for or listened to any of her songs. I could feel the vortex of ****ty cookie-cutter music trying to envelop me. Not quite the experience I expected from a HiFi lossless streaming services, but there you go. And it's probably my third time forcing myself to like Tidal (just because of its SQ.) I'll probably be going back to Spotify in a few days.

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Originally Posted by fufula View Post

I've been testing Tidal again the past few days and I find it hard not to appreciate the improved SQ compared to lossy streaming services. It's not the kind of difference you hear when you go from 128kbps to 320kbps or even 192kbps, but the extra crispiness, deeper base, better instrument separation boderlining on placebo all make for a significant difference -- the kind people around head-fi usually pay good money for.

Problem is, I just cannot get over all the other flaws. The UI is lacking (and ugly) compared to Spotify or Deezer and the library is smaller.

What puts me off the most, however, is the way music discovery / radios / playlists etc. are handled by the people behind Tidal. I could be listening to some 70s funk one minute (song-based radio) and then get served a house track out of nowhere or go straight to punk from UK garage. The playlists and radios plain suck for anyone who isn't interested in listening to mainstream music that they play over and over and over again in every radio station anyway. There are no suggestions based on what you listen to, very little ways to look for new music other than sifting through the similar artists page. I've received an e-mail from Tidal this morning about a new song or something from Beyonce, despite the fact that I have never looked for or listened to any of her songs. I could feel the vortex of ****ty cookie-cutter music trying to envelop me. Not quite the experience I expected from a HiFi lossless streaming services, but there you go. And it's probably my third time forcing myself to like Tidal (just because of its SQ.) I'll probably be going back to Spotify in a few days.

The featured and curated playlists are also way too focused on uninspired "hip-hop"
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