This is horttopic that comes up time and time again. Many argue that Qobuz SQ is overall better than Tidals I am not talking HiRes vs MQA here so lets keep this out of the equation as that’s a whole other kettle of fish and thread. I am talking plain CD quality which is the bulk of offerings on both services and is apples to apples comparison. How can there be a difference when both offer up the same uncompressed files a Flac 44.1.16. Different masters aside which is an obvious culprit how can the same mastered file sound different on one platform to the other? Is it really just platform bias?
Many argue that Qobuz sound more warm and natural, where Tidal sounds processed. I for the life of me cannot detect this. The both sound equal to me. Its now much easier to check with Qobuz now in the Roon eco system. Before I guess everyone had to fudge it in to their systems through a different chain. Now its all through Roon its a much better apples to apples comparison with no room for different protocols or software/hardware differences. That said I found it hard when using other methods to.
I went through last night a number of albums and played tracks I know well from both services and struggled to hear any difference. If there was any its so small it passes me by so for me I think it safe to say I am happy with either and its all down to what they offer above this that will make me keep one over the other. Saying that I am contemplating keeping both for a while to see which one I end up using the most.