Here’s one that been baffling me a little.
A quick test with 2 songs:
The Naked and Famous - A Stillness - Ripped from CD to 44.1 16bit FLAC
The Naked and Famous - A Stillness - Streaming from Tidal at 44.1 16bit FLAC
Blondee - I Love You (Original) - Purchased from Beatport at 44.1 16bit AIFF
Blondee - I Love You (Original) - Streaming from Tidal at 44.1 16bit FLAC
These 2 files should in theory be almost identical to their streaming counterparts. But they are absolutely not.
- The Tidal streams are much quieter.
- After adjusting volume to match and switching back and forth between the same parts of each song. There is no comparison, the Tidal stream sounds flat and boring, it has none of the depth of the file playback.
The difference from Spotify to Tidal on most songs is very noticeable so they are definitely doing something, but I don’t understand why the Tidal streams sound so poor compared to files when they should be the same?
All tests were done through Audirvana with a high speed wired connection for Tidal.