MQA now on Tidal!

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Roon 1.3 and sonicTransporter
(Jim Austin) #2

I got mine–but is there a way to find MQA tracks from within Roon? From within the Tidal app for that matter?


How can I listen to TIDAL Masters (master-quality recordings)?
All you need is a TIDAL HiFi membership to access thousands of master-quality albums only through the TIDAL desktop application.

When you are in the TIDAL desktop application, go to “What’s New” and select “Masters” in the Albums section.

To get the best quality, make sure to select “HiFi/Master” quality in “Settings" and then select “Streaming".

If you don’t have the TIDAL desktop application, you can find it here:

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Using the desktop app on my MacBook connected to non-MQA DAC…results are brilliant. The HIFI version dull in comparison to the MASTER.


Also, tested and working in Roon!


I can confirm blue light on the meridian explorer 2 so MQA via Roon works for Tidal stream :slight_smile:

nice update from Tidal !

Roon, TIDAL and MQA
(Nick) #8

Just need a tweak to Roon signal path so that we can see it is a Tidal MQA file.

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(Ludwig van Marbach) #9

And in all the browsers.


non streamed MQA files already have this…

(Ludwig van Marbach) #11

Yes, but we are talking about Tidal, where there is zero information in Roon…


Indeed only the 24 bit give it away (and the blue dot on the DAC :slight_smile: )


Come on train get me home to the music faster…

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(Chris ) #14

The Smiths has lit the Blue light on my Explorer 2. Yipee.

(Mike) #15

Are any of these playing at a res higher than 24/48? There are a few on the Tidal page that I have at 24/88.2 or 24/96.

(Chris ) #16

Not found any yet, Joni Mitchell ‘Blue’ is now MQA. I had to go to my copy and search ‘other versions’ to find it. 48/24 bit

(Mike) #17

From the current list, Bowie, Zeppelin, Sabbath, Otis Redding, Mark Knopfler, Grateful Dead, Dr. John, John Coltrane, Allen Toussaint, Calexico (I think), Faces, & Jane’s Addiction are all available over 48kHz. (I’m sure there are others as well.)


according to Tidal’s FAQ thousands of albums…

(Ron Sanders) #19

Why only on desktop?

(Miguel Barrio) #20

What about software decoding? It looks like Tidal is decoding MQA to a high res PCM stream (I have not verified this myself).

Will this be implemented in Roon as well?