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Tidal vs Spotify

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by krismusic, Sep 5, 2015.
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  1. krismusic Contributor
    I'm beginning to think that the small differences between the services do not really affect enjoyable listening.
  2. reginalb
    Of course they don't. I decided to test drive Tidal because of the concept and the fact that "Hey, you get a free month, why not?" But don't let it hamper the actual listening to the music. That's what matters more than anything. [​IMG]
  3. krismusic Contributor
    Actually, I retract my suggestion that the difference between Tidal and Spotify is irrelevant to listening enjoyment.
    Much as I would like it to be the case!
    Tidal is patently better with more depth and detail.
  4. disastermouse

    The sound quality is revelatory for me. Just...my jaw is on the floor. I don't know if there's voodoo or animal sacrifice involved, but I feel like I got a better DAC or something. It's a bummer, too, because there's some stuff I listen to on Spotify that isn't on Tidal - but most of it is there and it's just making my brain so happy.
  5. krismusic Contributor
    I hesitate to post this as I would not want to deny you a happy brain. A fine thing to have! :)
    In the interest of truth however.
    I was as excited as you when I first tried Tidal.
    It was only after a couple of days switching between the two that I started to get what I think is a realistic view.
    I have proved to myself in the past that I cannot hear the difference between 320kpbs and lossless.
    This made me suspicious of the phenomenonal difference I was hearing between Spotify, which I had been using happily for many years, and Tidal.
    I now think that there must be something else going on with Tidal. Maybe the codec?
    Tidal plays louder than Spotify which makes comparing the two difficult.
    I came to the conclusion that there is a difference between the two services. It is small but significant.
    I also like the artist remuneration policy and am happy to pay my subscription.
    Sadly any vast improvement comes down to my old friend placebo. IMHO.
    Don't give up your happy brain though. Whatever service we use it is a miracle of our time to have a world of wonderful music in our pockets. Even though Tidal is more expensive, it is still worth every penny.
    I am also not at all sure that I can tell the difference between the two qualities of Tidal...
  6. SmokeyThePanda
    Hi. Little late here. Don't feel like reading all the posts. I have a PS4,and I use Spotify pretty much all day and I was wondering if I should upgrade to Premium or if there's any difference between the sound quality. I find the normal SQ to be OK,but just okay. It's listenable but not ideal for me
  7. AladdinSane
    Seriously can't read four pages of posts? 
  8. SmokeyThePanda
    Not with that attitude
  9. castleofargh Contributor
    now now. let's be lazy an cool about it.
  10. krismusic Contributor
    I thought the same

    But yeah. If you care about SQ and can afford it.Yes. You should upgrade to Premium.
  11. disastermouse
    Personally, I can't see going back to Spotify after using Tidal for the last couple weeks.
  12. krismusic Contributor
    +1. Twice the price though (for lossless) Premium is a good step up on Spotify free streaming.
  13. SmokeyThePanda
    Would you say Apple Music is worth the upgrade over the standard radio quality?
  14. Vero Golf Champ
    Switched from Spotify Premium to Tidal HiFi for 3 months and thought it was an improvement with regard to SQ. Have now gone back to Spotify, and I'm no longer so sure. I do know that Spotify's UI is better and functionality is seamless. Occasional hiccups were annoying with Tidal. Might switch back once we get fibre hooked up, they're plumbing it into our neighbourhood at the mo.

  15. jungli
    I had Spotify for couple months then switched to GPlay which I found more titles for me, but know I have to say will stop searching with Tidal.
    Best audio quality especially when using right headphones (I have custom orthodynamic monsters:)).
    When you have random headphones or usual speakers dont bother just enjoy the music, otherwise Tidal HiFi is the right choice.
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