Many streaming music lovers are concerned about which music streaming service to choose. There are many services, and therefore there are doubts. Many choose between Tidal and Spotify. And this choice is not as simple as it might seem at first glance.
Many people still remember that at the turn of the millennium was the heyday of MP3, and it was a huge leap in musical quality. But the silver discs did not give up so easily, they were able to win, despite the past years. MP3s were noted for their excellent sound quality, not least because of the bit rate. For that time it was a step forward and these discs were affordable. However, the circumstances that have developed today have absolutely nothing to do with the reality of that time. Music is now available on the Internet legally, conveniently, quickly and in high quality. The quality of streaming audio has long surpassed the once ruling line. In fact, many music albums are no longer available on physical media at all these days.
Not only music compression and the codec used play a role. Especially in the case of subjective sensation, volume is an important factor. In this regard, it is important to understand that the volume of the album during mastering is set by the sound engineer. If you have a particular CD in your home and change the disc after listening to a few songs, you may well need to adjust the volume to play the same CD at a volume level that allows you to hear all the nuances of the sound being played. This circumstance is undesirable for the streaming provider. The playlist often contains many songs from different albums of different artists, but the user does not want to constantly adjust the volume, so he wants music in high quality.
To be able to understand the reason for different results from different streaming providers with the same song title, you first need to look at how the compression processes work. When compressed, detailed musical information is cut off. This is done quite simply to save the data. Of course, this detailed information should be in areas that the listener does not perceive, this would be the ideal case. Compression is more optimal with Tidal, with only minimal quality loss.
If we compare the sound of Spotify and Tidal, then we can safely say that Tidal has it better. It is this service that is recognized by all as a streaming streaming platform, with the best sound quality. But this is relevant only for subscribers of the Hi-Fi tariff.
Spotify also has a similar tariff as Hi-Fi. If you do not go into the technical details of the data transfer rate and so on, then it is Tidal that wins in all respects. This, of course, is a thorn in the side of audiophile music lovers.