MQA Streaming from Tidal

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    Brandon C.

    Hi David,

    Yes Absolutely.

    Although when using an external dac ensure that it is MQA certified or the audio will not be MQA you are hearing but a standard HD file.




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    David Schamis

    Thanks very much for your response.

    Just so I understand, when you say a "standard HD file" do you mean something that is in 24/96 format (if the original is in 24/96) or do you mean it is downres'd to 16/44.1 CD quality?

     

    I assume you mean the former but I just want to confirm.

    Thanks again,

    David

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  • Hi David

    That depends on your Tidal Subscription and the source recording. Generally however it will be 24/96.

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    Steve Wilcox

    Why would this depend on the Tidal subscription?  I understand the highest tier is 'HiFi' which gives access to both 16/24 and higher Res MQA streams?

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    Tony W. - Product Support Manager

    Hi Steve

    In your subscription settings for TiDALs sight you can set preferences to audio output. Not all systems play HiRes and MQA.

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    Max

    I am a Tidal Premium subscriber. In BluOS, some tracks of my Tidal library appear with a small MQA logo. How should this logo be interpreted?

    1) This track is available in MQA for Tidal Hifi subscribers. If you are a Premium subscriber, the track will play in 320kbps.

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    2) This track is playing in MQA lossless.

     

    Thanks 

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  • Hi Max

    You will be streaming at least at 16 bit loseless - TIDAL has a large MQA Collection. MQA files will be played at MQA. Here's how to tell what you are listening to in the App; https://support1.bluesound.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002194828

     

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    Max

    Thanks, Tony, for the replay although I'm afraid I don't fully understand it. The PDF and image in the link you shared don't seem to be working. Could you update that?

    I'll have a read through that before coming back to you with questions.

    Many thanks,

    Max

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  • Thanks for bringing it to our attention - it has been resolved

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    Max

    Hi Tony,

    What is getting me confused is that I am a TIDAL Premium subscriber (not HiFi) and should therefore not have access to TIDAL's MQA and CD quality content. Yet some TIDAL tracks are marked with MQA and CD logos in the Play Queue.

    It appears the quality logo (CD/HR/MQA) in the in the Play Queue only indicates the available quality, not the quality being played through the Bluesound device.

    Here are some picture with the latest UI. (The desktop app is beginning to look a little dated...).

    Feature request: Always indicating the source and quality (even if low res) in a consistent manner would make things clearer. On iOS, HR on USB, the USB logo appears; MQA on USB the USB logo does not appear. On desktop it's called HD and on iOS its called HR.

    Thanks Tony

    MQA play through TIDAL on iOS

    MQA play through USB on iOS

    Low res playing through TIDAL Premium account on iOS

    High Res play through USB on iOS

    MQA playing though TIDAL (HiFi subscription) on desktop

    High Res playing though USB on desktop

    MQA playing though USB on desktop

    Low Res playing though TIDAL (Premium subscription) on desktop

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  • Hi Max

    Ignore the Desktop - we are releasing a completely re-vamped desktop in the coming weeks where it will also say HR going forward as this is the industry standard.

    As for what bit rates you can see and play on TIDAL with your premium subscription, I would contact them... (or not...if it's working)... The MQA indicator only appears once MQA is confirmed.

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