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Old 20-04-2017, 01:21 AM   #1
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Tidal Hifi or Spotify?

Sorry if this topic was discussed before, I just thought it's 2017 and hope to get refreshed opinions.

I'm currently using an AK DAP and heir audio 8a / etymotic er4xr.. but getting lazy to bring out the player these days..

I'm now considering to sign with either tidal Hifi (19.90) or spotify (9.90).. will be running them on my android phone (P10 plus)..

Is the extra 10 bucks a month worth it?
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Old 20-04-2017, 07:21 AM   #2
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I was also asking the same thing a short while back and being a Singtel customer, ultimately went with Spotify Premium because Sngtel had a promotion of only $3.95 per mth for the frst 6 mths. Somemore streaming of data is free and set to extreme quality at 320kbps, sound quality is good enough.
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Old 20-04-2017, 11:10 AM   #3
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Soon there will be premium for spotify too! But depends on the music you listen to lor some tidal don't have some spotify don't have and spotify if u sign the family pack is much cheaper too.
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I have been using Spotify for sometime, I sign up the family package and find that Spotify have many more songs, and also easy to configure your own playlists. I am sorry I cannot comment on Tidle.
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Old 20-04-2017, 02:34 PM   #5
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Sorry if this topic was discussed before, I just thought it's 2017 and hope to get refreshed opinions.

I'm currently using an AK DAP and heir audio 8a / etymotic er4xr.. but getting lazy to bring out the player these days..

I'm now considering to sign with either tidal Hifi (19.90) or spotify (9.90).. will be running them on my android phone (P10 plus)..

Is the extra 10 bucks a month worth it?
Can you objectively differentiate tidal lossless and spotify's ogg mp3 in a double blind test? If not, just stick to spotify unless tidal has certain tracks that you want.
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Old 20-04-2017, 03:43 PM   #6
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Can you objectively differentiate tidal lossless and spotify's ogg mp3 in a double blind test? If not, just stick to spotify unless tidal has certain tracks that you want.
I haven't tried any blind test but I guess I will stick with spotify and use my DAP for hifi quality.

On a side note.. I found an ahem version of spotify lol

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Old 20-04-2017, 05:01 PM   #7
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I signed up with both.

Spotify for it's incredible playlists and for my family members as well.

Tidal when i really want to sit down and listen seriously.

Will probably cancel Tidal once Spotify releases it's lossless subscription though.
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Old 20-04-2017, 06:05 PM   #8
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I haven't tried any blind test but I guess I will stick with spotify and use my DAP for hifi quality.

On a side note.. I found an ahem version of spotify lol
Really depend on your gear and preference.
I still prefer Tidal since I am using full size headphones for that
wide soundstage as well as detail.
Tidal have gone High res/HD with MQA codec.

If you are not using full size headphone just stick with Spotify will do.
Tidal is only noticeable if you are using full size headphones and MQA
compatible DAP like from Pioneer.
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Old 21-04-2017, 12:37 AM   #9
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I subscribe to Spotify family. I wish Spotify also provides the music video for the song. That would really complete the package.
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Old 21-04-2017, 05:11 AM   #10
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I haven't tried any blind test but I guess I will stick with spotify and use my DAP for hifi quality.

On a side note.. I found an ahem version of spotify lol
Spotify's codec is better than standard mp3 lol, not that it matters to me and most people because almost no one can differentiate that and lossless consistently. What matters is the quality of recording and mastering of the tracks.
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Old 24-08-2018, 12:47 PM   #11
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I recently subscribed to tidal HfFi and I can definitely hear the difference while streaming on my Sonos Play 1s. The difference is very noticeable especially when you play songs with high quality recording, instrumental or vocal focus.
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Old 24-08-2018, 01:34 PM   #12
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Personally, tidal hifi for my desktop system.

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Old 10-09-2018, 01:40 PM   #13
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I was considering between Tidal and Spotify and finally decided on Tidal Hifi after my initial trial.

I am intending to sign up for Tidal Hifi Family package and anyone considering Tidal Hifi and willing to join in the family package, please feel free to PM me.
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