So tidal is not available in my country but I just clicked on a preview (the one you can listen for few seconds) and wow… Treble is sweet Bass is weighted everything sounded like HD. Anyone knows what bitrate is their preview? Doesn’t tell me ont the preview page.
Comparing the same albums and songs spotify sounded like youtube. But spotify free account bitrate is 160 and tidal is maybe teasing with cd or master quality so that might be the reason?
Currently I’m trying and browsing all of the providers to decide. I’ll give 2 examples if anyone can test for me please on CD quality or 320 for both tidal and spotify on desktop app?
2Pac - 2 of amerikaz most wanted (explicit)
Claptone - Ghost (feat. clap your hands yeah)
Both of these sound way better on tidal than spotify for the free preview versions.
What country? Qobuz or Deezer might be services that do lossless streaming for you to check out.
Sounds like Apple marketing to me. I’ve used Spotify 320 extensively and did use 256 AAC when buying songs from iTunes was the thing. To my ear Spotify premium isn’t quite as good as lossless CD quality but there is a discernible difference if you listen for it. It’s been too long since I’ve heard 256 AAC to meaningfully comment.
Yeah but what i’m trying to find is why their preview sounds better than spotify and other previews which are 120-160 for the same songs. Not sure if their player is better or their streaming source has to do something with it .
As for why they sound better than Spotify, hard to know. Tidal is owned by Jay-Z so maybe he has better contacts for digital distribution than Spotify (which is a European company the industry doesn’t particularly like), meaning he could get cleaner versions of the master. If Spotify is picking them up through third parties they may have been re-encoded several times with lower quality encoders.