I must have tried it all… Bought new wifi6 router, fixed/dedicated IP, steer/non steer bands, Android and iOS parallel test, comparison with Spotify Connect, comparison with Yamaha WXA 50. Here are my conclusions:
- KEF LS50 Wireless II are better prepared and capable to connect with Spotify Connect, not flawless though;
- KEF LS50 Wireless II are way poorer in being ready for Apple TV (via airplay); Yamaha WXA50 IS flawless, no matter the wifi settings (band steering or not, all on 2.4 or 5g; they just get hooked on Apple TV;
- Tidal Connect is annoyngly unstable. It only hooks with KEF or Apple TV when restarting the router OR restarting/factory settings KFS.
Bottom line, Tidal Connect is the worst. KEF are better, but only with Spotify.
Dear Tidal and KEF guys:
I was extremely happy, back in Dec 2020, when it seem that planets got aligned with having KEF relaeasing LSWII and Tidal releasing connect. Since then, I have restarted my router hundreds of times, changed two routers AND even made a Spotify subscription. Are you pushing me getting back to my Yamaha WXA-50 + Spotify? If Spotify goes hifi, Tidal, you will be in deep, deep trouble!!!
So, dear KEF and Tidal engineers, what are you plans in stabilizing your products?
Dear Spotify engineers:
Will you, please, come up soon with a FLAC option?
You rock, by hooking flawlessly on Yamaha WXA50 and some flaws, on KEF. Keep it up.