So last night I compared some Tidal albums with the same ones I have in my CD collection ripped to uncompressed FLAC. I will say Tidal sounds pretty good. The big difference I hear is Tidal songs have more a digital edge to them. I won’t call them bright but there is definitely more high freq energy than my CD rips. I notice I can’t listen to music at the same volumes. The other big difference I hear is in vocals. My rips have a fuller, more 3d image. Tidal by comparison has a flatter presentation with vocals. This makes me wonder if the regular quality service would any different than Tidal hi-fi? Has anyone compared?
That being said, I still think Tidal integration with Roon is really nice and good way for me to explore music and “rent” music I think is decent but not good enough for me to purchaae.