Test: Roon versus Tidal app: playing the exact same Tidal tracks on the exact same devices & network
- Modem/router > ethernet > Macmini Roon core > system output
- Modem/router > ethernet > Tidal app on Macmini > system output
Both in Roon & Tidal streaming quality is set to Master.
Summary of the results:
(1) Playing through Roon: 79 tracks, 8 skips
(2) Playing from Tidal: the same 79 tracks: 0 skips
I launched a Tidal playlist in Roon. From the 22 tracks that were played on May 6 from ca. 7:00 am until 8:33 am local time, there were 4 tracks that skipped midway to the next.
The first track played of the 22: “A Beautiful Woman” by Angel Deradoorian
1st skip: next song: “Soothing” by Laura Marling (played 55%)
2nd skip: two songs further: “Bedtime” by Annie Eve (played 60%)
3rd skip: five songs further: “Blue Song” by Mint Royale (played 55%)
4th skip: thirteen songs further: “Dreary Town” by Nadine Shaw (played 75%)
The last track played of the 22: “Slow Decline” by Elsiane
On May 6 at 9:44 am local time, I launched the same playlist beginning with the same “A Beautiful Woman” in the Tidal app on the same Macmini. I diligently listened for skips. There were none.
After “Slow Decline” I continued listening through Tidal for another 25 tracks. The next track after “Slow Decline” was “Friend Crush” by Friends. I diligently listened for skips. There were none.
On May 6 at 13:17 I stopped Tidal playback after “Mosquito” by Yeah Yeah Yeah and immediately returned to Roon. I played the same 25 Tidal tracks, beginning with “Friend Crush”. This time, in Roon, of the 25 tracks played, 0 skipped midway.
I let Roon continue playing. At 15:35 I started a new playlist in Roon (first track: “Anemone” by The Brian Jonestown Massacre). 3 tracks later:
5th skip: “Are You Ready” by Pacific Gas & Electric (played 20%) (around 15:42)
6th skip: eleven songs further: “Time is Tight” by Booker T. & the MG’s (played 75%)
7th skip: two songs later: “For Your Love” by The Yardbirds (played 45%)
8th skip: five songs later: “Somebody Stole My Thunder” by Georgie Fame (played 70%)
I stopped Roon playback at 17:23 (last track played: “Melting Pot” by Booker T. & the MG’s)
I restarted the Tidal app and played the same 32 tracks starting from “Anemone” by Brian Jonestown Massacre and ending with “Melting Pot” by Booker T. & the MG’s. I diligently listened for skips. There were none.
I made a zip file of the Tidal logs. If you want them, let me know.
Screenshot of Tidal playing (made with my phone, I have no apps installed on my Macmini, except Roon and – temporarily - Tidal).