I am interested to know what others think (and this is NOT a question or an offer to debate the merits (or otherwise) of MQA).
I am increasingly thinking that Apple Music Lossless/Hi-Res often sounds much better than Tidal HiFi (or MQA). Including when listened to over AirPlay or Bluetooth (admittedly various Apple AirPods and an iPhone). But I also notice a considerable difference in favour of Apple Music on my hone Audio system. It’s not super high-end, but it’s a very good quality set of speakers, amp, streamer and DAC (all separates with an added audio grade power supply).
For example, if you’re interested try listening to Van Morrison’s: “Latest Record Project Vol 1.” The title track, track 1.
I chose this track because the difference is clear with the lead vocal, instrument separation / resolution, percussion, keyboards and backing vocals.
You will need both a Tidal and Apple Music Subscription and a way to listen to Apple Music with decent Audio system or headphones. Or both using an iPhone/iPad with a decent pair of AirPods or other decent headphones.
Listen on Tidal via Roon or whatever, then Apple Music (either with AirPlay to your system or an iPhone or iPad Tethered to a DAC (don’t bother with a Mac, it will probably not sound good).
I would love to know what others think?
Sorry it’s not such a great track, it’s OK though, but by no means his best and you may not like Van Morrison or his genre. But the track is a good example as it isn’t loud, complex, electronic or classical.
This is not intended to stimulate a debate about whether Apple Music or Tidal is better, both have their merits (for the record I prefer Tidal). But I am interested to know if anyone agrees this track sounds better on Apple Music.