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Tidal HiFi (Master) is absolutely amazing! I don't know what I was doing this whole time without this streaming service or did I finally break and gone crazy?
I'm running Schiit Wyrd -> Bifrost Multibit -> Jotunheim -> Fostex TH-X00 Ebony / Sennheiser HD6XX
Incredibly smooth sound, precise and powerful playing anything out of anything, maybe my foobar is fubar'd.
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League544
704
Mar 30, 2021
Yes, Tidal is an amazing way to get scammed out of 20 bucks. Very quick and efficient. One of the shadiest companies I’ve ever dealt with.
waylonrobert
5
Mar 30, 2021
Can you elaborate?
League544
704
Mar 30, 2021
Sure, just make sure you cancel the trial the day before because there’s no way to automatically cancel,the trial at the end and they will not refund you even if you never used the service/logged into your account/contacted them the minute the charge goes through. They’re the only company I’ve ever heard of doing this, and it’s a massive issue if you look into it on Reddit/Headfi. This company‘s reputation is in the gutter with their poor/clunky UI, massively overpriced services and rogue borderline illegal trade practices to straight up illegal/getting sued. Honestly, I’ve tried Tidal for a year and there’s nothing special about the service, the comments here from low upvote/brand new accounts talking so artificially positive about this is not surprising to me in the least, more shady tactics from Jayz and his goons.
MAConway123
1
Mar 29, 2021
Tidal Is Not Going Anywhere And I, for one, am pleased about the deal Jay-Z struck with Jack Dorsey and Square. It means I'll be able to listen to high-quality streaming on my music dedicated home set up (Macbook Pro, Audirvana, JDS Labs Objective, Bewitch Amp w/ K88s & Full-Range 2.8 MkII AN 10" Classics) and FiiOs M11 w/ HD6XX for quite a while longer. I am amazed that some folks don't hear the sound-quality difference Tidal brings to the table compared to Spotify. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/04/business/media/tidal-square-jay-z-dorsey.html
rjorgec
5
Mar 30, 2021
I think you have a bone to pick with Tidal
League544
704
Mar 30, 2021
I definitely do, I’ve gotten scammed by them twice already and then when I looked into it I looked it up on Google I saw that this is a huge issue and that people are furious over this, so that made me even more mad. Look up “Tidal hidden charge Reddit” or something along those lines and you’ll see pages of people fuming over it. Zero tolerance refund policy + hidden charges. They are the single only company that I’ve ever dealt with that have such a “f off” customer service/policy. This is a dirty company and I hope I helped highlight that.
Passi
19
Jan 1, 2021
hi how can activate TIDAL in india please let me help me,
Gloos
2
Mar 29, 2021
Use a VPN and a credit card. Usually the Adress doesn't matter as long as the Name is right, when paying with CC.
Passi
19
Mar 31, 2021
Thanks for your response.
EdLuva
11
Jan 1, 2021
I’m a big fan of Tidal's. The sound quality is top notch and, when they sent me the $4 for four months deal, it was easy for me to come back from Spotify. One aspect that I haven't seen people mention is the 360 degree sound feature that Tidal has in collaboration with Sony. I picked up some recently price-reduced Sony WF 1000XM3's (high-end, noise-cancelling earbuds) that literally do an ear shape analysis to optimize the 360 degree feature for soundstage enhancement, etc. The feature links directly with Tidal's service (and a few others). I like that Tidal has this experimental side to its personality. Sony also provides an upscaling tech through the earbuds called DSEE HX that makes music files sound more high res. Not an audiophile setup, but between Tidal and this, it's pretty good listening for when you're on the go.
League544
704
Mar 30, 2021
360 Degree feature is barely noticeable, but what is noticeable is the song selection, it’s like songs from the 90s nobody liked. They’re so generous to offer you a month or two for “free” so you don’t notice that 20 dollar hidden charge at the end that you CANNOT cancel/refund even if your whole family dies. Go Google “Tidal hidden charge Reddit” and see how many people got ripped off. They did this to me personally twice, both times I messaged them the same day I was charged, nope they don’t care, that’s a huge bonus to their service is charging people speeding tickets, they’re like the police of the internet minus any of the benefits. I didn’t use Tidal for 2 months before I was charged, they can see that I haven’t even logged my account in 2 months, nope don’t care. Shady af. They make Drop look like Amazon in comparison. 😀
quicklytoo4
309
Jan 1, 2021
Have yet to hear a difference between my mp3 files and anything from tidal ;P but I haven't spent $500+ on just a dac so could be my setups limitations
League544
704
Mar 30, 2021
You won’t, I can’t notice a difference either and I’ve got 10k+ in audio gear, most “high end”. SoundCloud at least has unique music/better music than mainstream garbage.
ajheyl
26
Apr 16, 2018
are you using the MQA codec? I updated my firmware on my iFi Micro iDSD and personally I do hear a nice improvement.
RicMF
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Apr 12, 2018
I have both Tidal and Spotify on my desktop headphone setup. Tidal sounds much better, and I believe this is largely because the Tidal application lets me set the audio output to Exclusive mode for my DAC. Spotify doesn't have this option, but if it did, I'm betting the difference in sound quality would not be as pronounced (because I know for sure that some of the music I listen to on Tidal is not CD quality - it's 320kbs AAC). I don't know of a way to make Spotify use Exclusive mode with a connected USB DAC.
I keep Spotify around, mainly because Spotify has done a lot towards recommending new music that I actually *like*, and my music library has grown because of it. Tidal only ever recommends Jay-Z.
JayDay
87
Mar 29, 2021
Lol Oh you like country music? Tidal recommends you give JayZ a try.
riseuplight
72
Apr 11, 2018
I tried Tidal but didn't like it. Clunky UI, constant streaming issues, and the fact that Jay Z uses it as a marketing vehicle made me go back to Spotify.
MXRC
240
Apr 17, 2018
riseuplight
72
Jan 5, 2021
Update: I went back to Tidal Hifi and even though they fixed the UI I STILL missed the social aspect of Spotify. I also never saw much difference in the quality of the tracks. I went back again. If someone can show me where there is any noticeable difference between Tidal Hifi and Spotify quality I’m all ears, but mainly it’s the difference between compression and not fidelity.
CamStang
5
Apr 11, 2018
I thoroughly enjoy my Tidal HiFi subscription for at home use. I use Google Music on the go though to save on data.
DenonFanboy
805
Apr 14, 2018
U can actually select normal, high and hifi In the app to save data. I think normal is 128 kbps, high is 320 kbps.
TurboKw
8
Apr 8, 2018
Ive been using Tidal for more than 2 years now and I do agree that the sound quality is indeed unmatched as far as music streaming services go. However the UI on both the Android and PC apps is a mess and needs to be fixed. Mind you the Android app has been vastly improving but is still not on the same level as Spotify for fluidity, ease of navigation, and general speed.
League544
704
Mar 30, 2021
Why would they invest the needed money to make a smooth running service when the majority of their money comes from offering people trials then sneak charging you non-refundable 20 dollar memberships and the rest through celebrities/endorsements/cross listings. It’s like being surprised a thief beat your dog, he might be a thief but that means he can assault your dog and has the balls to do it, no shame.
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