Skip to content

Let’s Take The Tidal Sound Test

Untitled

This is the reason why Jay Z can keep his overpriced Tidal system for himself. These past days, we have heard a lot of talk about the higher sound quality offered by the new system. When most of the music on Spotify streams at 320 KBPS, Tidal is supposed to stream music at CD-quality sound, which is 1,411 KBPS, and the highest-quality sound human ears can actually discern. But are these $19.99 a month really worth it?

There is a very simple test you can do on Tidal, it allows you to play five songs (you don’t pick the songs, and I got the Killers, James Blake, Daft Punk, the Eagles and the Dixie Chicks) using two sound sources A and B. You can switch back and forth between A and B during the short music sample, then determine which of the two is the high fidelity sound source. I was using my Macbook connected to a Logitech speaker system. I paid around $40 for them and they sound okay for me, but I did very badly at the test, I guessed 2 out of 5 correctly!! Not bad? Are they kidding? Note that they will never discourage you to try Tidal.

So may be my sound system sucks, may be I am getting old and I have partial hear loss — years and years of going to loud concerts probably didn’t help — may be I was never very good at this to start with, but honestly I could not tell any difference between A and B for any of the songs, and I picked A or B almost randomly each time.

So should I get better speakers? And in this case would I be able to score better with these new ones? I am not sure, I am satisfied with what I hear when I listen to music. According to the comments I read, the only persons who can score 5/5 on this test are either obsessed techies with a very sophisticated sound system, or sound engineers, musicians with a super trained ear,.. or both of course. I will never be able to tell the difference like most of the people.

As someone wrote in a comment section: ‘A music lover listens to music with his sound system. An audiophile listens to his sound system with music’… well said, and I supposed I am a music lover and I will stay this way.

Leave a Comment





Amazon_Smile_logo
LET-ME-HELP-LOGO

Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at smile.amazon.com

The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 7-1-22 – 7-7-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 1, 2022 |

adds their 2021 release to the newbie in a 32 song, knocking on two hours

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 7-1-22 – 7-7-22 Cardi B’s “Hot Shit”(feat. Ye & Lil Durk) Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | July 1, 2022 |

a true banger

Brushes With Greatness: SohoJohnny Meets Jay Leno

By Iman Lababedi | June 30, 2022 |

I bet Soho got some great tips!!

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – April 1975 (Volume 6, Number 11) 

By Steve Crawford | June 30, 2022 |

an interesting snapshot of the times

Brief Encounters: Top New Recorded Releases 6-24-22 – 6-30-22

By Iman Lababedi | June 30, 2022 |

Luke knows his business well

Press Releases For June: Here Are The Artists

By admin | June 30, 2022 |

Reimagining the Billie Eilish song

Press Releases For June: Here Are The Artists

By Alyson Camus | June 29, 2022 |

where the ‘70s underground met the corporate culture of the ‘80s

Machine Gun Kelly’s Mainstream Sellout Tour At Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, June 28th, 2022, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 29, 2022 |

he can entertain assuming he can keep himself alive

Eileen Shapiro: “Portfolio Of A Rockstar Journalist” Gets Culture Clubbed With Boy George

By Eileen Shapiro | June 29, 2022 |

maybe I’m talking to myself, maybe I’m talking to someone else …

Going Steady: New Singles 6-24-22 – 6-30-22 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | June 29, 2022 |

a major soul explosion

Scroll To Top