Ok, I’m not your normal user. I am 75, a female Luddite. I am able to listen to lovely music now. Through a Roon Nucleus (that I managed to connect up myself), fed to a McIntosh 7200 Receiver, wired to McIntosh desktop speakers.
I went ahead and got the Roon lifetime - just because it’s easier not to have to worry about yearly. (Hopefully my cognition lasts longer than the price I’ve paid. And my hearing too.)
I haven’t ripped any CD’s yet. So that’s not the problem. (When I do, I think I will just live with however Roon decides to code info. As I’m just up to fiddling a whole lot.)
I signed up for the Month long Tidal after trying some Classical Radios, as I like to decide for myself what I want to listen to. (I did sign up for the free month to the HD level - and I can see that my DAC shows me what is stated in Tidal, though sometimes it says 96, when Tidal gives a lower number.). That’s not the problem either.
For the record, I’m not sure the 96 level makes a whole lot of difference. I suspect it depends on the original recording - how well it was recorded. (But that’s not the issue either. Though I suspect that live recordings of choral music - classical - may induce what sounds like white noise in the background.)
I will also state that so far Roon is terrible in trying to predict what I would enjoy listening to. If it gets chance to do that. Though I do like the feature in Tidal, where it suggests albums. (But I’ve turned off the feature where Roon would give me Roon Radio, once my chosen music stops.)
So HERE’S MY QUESTION:
According to what I read and have been told by people here, I’m supposed to be getting a lot of Info (like Album Info from when we had LPs - or what comes in a CD case, where you can read about the Album, the Composer, the Artists, etc.)
When I’m listening to Tidal - right now I have lovely organ music by Gabrieli - I see the Album cover. And I see info on each track. (First Tone, Second Tone - in Italian). It’s a set of 6 discs so potentially 6 hours of his entire keyboard music.). Sounds just like there’s a Organ right here in the room!
BUT NO ALBUM INFO! No info on Composer. Or Artist. Place of recording. Nothing!
Most everything I’m getting through Tidal has nothing like Album information. (What seems to enthuse many people and addict them to Roon. Me, I bought the Nucleus, so am wedded to Roon. And the Tidal is giving me ample music - in classical and other eccentric things I listen to: Try “The Water Wheel” by an Oud player from North Africa!)
(Oh, wow! Now I’m hearing Gregorian Chant too! Interspersed with the Organ. I love it!)
So am I supposed to be receiving this Album info??? If so, how do I find it? Or turn it on? (Or was the promised fascinating album info just a marketing ploy?)
Mostly I’m happy. As I can search the web for some info. But supposedly Roon should be doing that for me?
PS - Does Tidal have a yearly subscription fee that’s cheaper than monthly? (I’m not sure what level I ultimately want. But just wondering.)
Thanks for any advice. But please don’t bother with tons of technical info. (I honestly think that my Roon-tested fantastic Receiver/DAC is already pre-formatted or something to work best with Roon - or Roon to it. I could see that during the set-up - which pleases me greatly as I’m not up to fiddling with it anyway.).
At this point I’m happy listening to Tidal (in Roon). And postponing ripping CDs. As basically I can find almost anything I’ve tried to listen to.