Tidal/MQA hands on review

In the tech industry, convenience and sound quality don’t always see eye-to-eye – as shown by accessible and affordable streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music making average sound quality popular again.

‘Premium’ services like Tidal and Qobuz have tried to balance the scales by offering CD-quality streams, but the best-of-both-worlds aspiration truly lies with hi-res audio streaming.

But we’re told that anything worth having is worth waiting for – something we’ve been reminding ourselves as the arrival of a true hi-res music streaming service has teetered on the edge of fruition for quite some time.

It’s been two years since we first got wind of Tidal working with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology to deliver hi-res audio streaming, and over a year since we first heard the promising consequence at CES 2016.

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