Qobuz vs Tidal Losselss in SQ

I’ve been on Tidal for more than year and recently switched to Qobuz Lossless Hi-Fi streaming. I noticed there’s a perceived sound quality compared to Tidal Hi-Fi. The improved are in area such as more ‘detail’, ‘precise imaging’ and overall more ‘defined’ in SQ.

I’m not sure why I’m hearing the difference between Tidal and Qobuz since both stream lossless 16/44.1 FLAC, presuming both are from the same master.

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What software did you use to play Tidal and Qobuz?

If you use Tidal official apps (or Roon), try disabling loudness normalization (or DSP), and use Exclusive mode.

I’m using Auralic Aries Mini as an endpoint with Roon as for Qobuz I’m using the in-built LDS software. Both setups are played through the same endpoint so I’m assuming they are bit-perfect.

In another scenario, my colleague uses Lumin A1 which compare both Tidal and Qobuz, in his listening test, he found that Qobuz is more ‘detail’ and defined and seemed he perceived the overall dynamic is much better that Tidal.

Same observation when using LDS for both qobuz and tidal?

Yes I’m getting the same effect.

To my ears, Tidal uses a touch of expansion and a touch of increased volume - and Tidal sounds better as a result.

I have just subscribed to Qobuz having been using Tidal for a while. I’m running a Naim MUSO 2, so some of you may feel that’s a little low grade compared with your systems! What I have noticed is that Qobus sounds very much warmer and has none of the annoying high frequency sibilance I was getting with Tidal and even old AAC files. Now, I was putting the sibilance down to my hearing getting older and maybe the very low grade tinnitus I sometimes hear interacting with high frequency sounds, but I’m now coming to the conclusion that it is due to a fundamental difference between the way Qobuz processes the music from other providers.

Am I right? It’s definitely not my imagination!

@Michael_O_Donnell Truth is only your ears will be or need be the judge…don’t worry about what others say or think.