I want to use the pass through option on my Tidal HiFi so that I avoid Tidal's software 1st unfold, and let my Bluesound Node2i do the full MQA as it is licensed to do. I exclusively use my iPhone 8 to control my Tidal app. My Tidal signal streams from my router via ethernet to my Bluesound Node 2i, and then RCA to my amp. The problem, is that I can't find the Tidal "pass through" option on the Tidal iOS mobile app. I've heard there is a "pass through" option on Tidal's desktop app, but I don't get it on my mobile app. I've been told that I can connect my iPhone to the Bluesound Node2i using a Lightening to Camera (USB) connection.
Would this work to let the Bluesound Node2i to the full MQA decode?
If so, where do I connect the Camera (USB) connection on the Bluesound Node2i?
Do I need to keep my iPhone (via Lightening to Camera USB connection) plugged in at all times, or only initially, to activate the "pass through" option?
Finally, will doing the full MQA decode via the Bluesound Node2i hardware result in a better MQA output? Or should I just let the mobile iOs Tidal app do the first unfold, and presumably the Bluesound does the final two unfolds to arrive at MQA Master quality? I think this is called "rendering"? That's actually what I'm doing now, as I get the MASTER symbol on my Tidal app when I select MQA songs and albums. But I wonder if there is any benefit in using the Bluesound hardware to do the full MQA conversion? Or is it all "much of a muchness", such that software+rendering is the exact same as the full hardware MQA decode?
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