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    Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    Is Spotify on the same level as Qobuz and Tidal from a SQ standpoint?

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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    No. Itís rubbish MP3, that some people with piss poor systems or deaf ears will tell you sounds the same as Tidal or Qobuz. It doesnít. Qobuz is best, with Tidal right there with it now.
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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    also, there is currently no spotify integration with roon
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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    I dropped all 3 for Amazon.
    Btw, Spotify (Premium) still isn't mp3 though it's the most well known and thus frightening bogeyman.
    Pretty sure all have free trials.

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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    I have Tidal and Qubuz. The wife likes Tidal for her music picks and I like Qubuz.
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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    Quote Originally Posted by CPP View Post
    I have Tidal and Qubuz. The wife likes Tidal for her music picks and I like Qubuz.
    Small price to pay for such an extensive library.
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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Soundfield View Post
    I dropped all 3 for Amazon.
    Btw, Spotify (Premium) still isn't mp3 though it's the most well known and thus frightening bogeyman.
    Pretty sure all have free trials.

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    A.J., does Amazon HD sound as good as Qobuz and Tidal?

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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    Quote Originally Posted by bluegrassphile View Post
    A.J., does Amazon HD sound as good as Qobuz and Tidal?
    Depends. *If* the same master is used, they should be indistinguishable. There is really no way to know that and in the case of Tidal, there is definite remastering with their "MQA" tracks, for better or worse.
    If you're an old school audio guy, you probably remember when you had LPs, tapes and FM all as sources. For me, streaming is "a" source, not "the" source. It compliments.
    I chose Amazon because the SQ is as good as any lossless service, the price as a Prime member is $15 and their catalog is large. The GUI and more importantly, search feature, works well. The probability of them going kaput financially is low.
    I know of no law preventing anyone from having them all.
    As always YMMV.

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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    Quote Originally Posted by Ritmo View Post
    Small price to pay for such an extensive library.
    It sure is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CPP View Post
    It sure is.
    Agreed. I have both Tidal and Quobuz too. I also don't think there is any difference in SQ quality between the two as long as you are comparing apples to apples when listening to files. It's also interesting how some 16/44.1 files trounce supposedly high-rez files in SQ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post

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    It's also interesting how some 16/44.1 files trounce supposedly high-rez files in SQ.
    Not to mention that many so called high-Rez files do not contain and more musical information than the original 16/44 CD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicoff View Post
    Not to mention that many so called high-Rez files do not contain and more musical information than the original 16/44 CD.
    Agreed, and sometimes less. If you hear a file that you know was sourced from analog tape and you can't hear the noise floor of the tape that made the digital file, that file was run through a filter to eliminate the tape hiss. The problem is, other information is scrubbed from the file when it's run through the hiss filter. Another thought: How many "hi-rez" files are really 16/44.1 files that have been upsampled?
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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    We had Tidal. Canceled. We enjoy Qobuz. We can also share our Playlists here and if you like them you can add them to your own.

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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin View Post
    We had Tidal. Canceled. We enjoy Qobuz. We can also share our Playlists here and if you like them you can add them to your own.
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    Many Thanks joeinid. Great to be here.

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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    I had Tidal. Cancelled. They came back to me with $2 for 4 months offer. Didn't bother. I've stayed with Spotify Premium. For me it's the better all-round package.

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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    I like both Qobuz and Tidal, it all depends on the track. What do you prefer 44 kHz MQA or 44 kHz 16 bit FLAC?

    196 kHz 24 bit FLAC or 44 kHz MQA?

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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    I like both Qobuz and Tidal, it all depends on the track. What do you prefer 44 kHz MQA or 44 kHz 16 bit FLAC?

    196 kHz 24 bit FLAC or 44 kHz MQA?

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    Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    I subscribed to Tidal last year. When Qobuz became available I tried it. I decided to keep Tidal and drop Qobuz only because during those early days, the Qobuz library was not as complete as Tidalís.
    In the past two months, Amazon HD came out and Qobuz lowered its price in line with Amazonís and 25% cheaper than Tidal. I also read that Wobuz library has improved. So I just re-subscribed to Qobuz and will check out their current library compared to Tidalís.

    Right now I am in the process of converting all my Tidal Playlist, Albums and Tracks to Qobuz (using Soundiiz).

    I have 30 days to decide.

    Update: the transfer of playlists, albums, and tracks from Tidal to Qobuz went smoothly. Looks like only 8 tracks did not transfer. Considering that I had thousands, that is not a big deal. Looking more and more that I will be dropping Tidal soon. Need to play with Roon/Qobuz combo prior to final decision.

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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    Spotify sounds good. If your sitting and critically listening, play files stored on your hard drive. Even files saved to offline streaming on Qubuz sound better than active streaming

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    Re: Qobuz And Tidal vs Spotify

    Amazon HD will be streaming MCH via Sony 360 and Dolby Atmos, both object based, so pretty intriguing for classical/acoustic VR music lover like myself.
    YMMV.

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    I have been using Tidal for a while and recently did a trial of Qobuz. I was actually really surprised of how different they sounded. I can't say which one sound better, it really depends on the song. On Tidal, with both MQA and FLAC, it is a tad more open and brighter. With Qobuz the sound is tighter and with a darker background. It reminded me going from stock power cable to a higher end power solution. The background is darker and the sound fuller easier to hear instruments. Any one else experience this? I tried listening to both on my Lumin T2 and the built-in DAC/streamer of the Vitus RI-101 and had similar results.
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    Have you tried Amazon AJ. How is the classical stream. Do you know if its linus compatible.

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