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Which of the current music streaming services do you use/prefer and why?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Stereosound, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. Mugrug12

    Mugrug12 nothing gold can stay

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    Looks like that’s everyone doing CD quality now! Did the five families have a meeting at Bada Bing?

    jokes aside this is a good thing. Now if they enable bit perfect gapless streaming w Apple TV and Chromecast I’ll be set.
     
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  2. Stereosound

    Stereosound Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I wouldn’t trust what Tidal is doing. Most likely they are still giving you MQA and just removing the name off of it. Better off using another service if you can.
     
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  3. Stereosound

    Stereosound Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Worth looking at them and seeing how many are complaining in each as to get a read on where problem areas lie for each service.
     
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  4. noladaoh

    noladaoh Forum Resident

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    I’m in the Apple ecosystem so I just started a 90 day free trial. I bought a HomePod mini just for fun to play with. I must say I am shocked at how tight and articulate the base is when I place it on my mantle next to the wall. When I move to a table, not nearly as good. For casual listening it is much better than I anticipated.
     
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  5. Roger P

    Roger P Forum Resident

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    Richmond VA
    Tried Qobuz, SQ was great but their app etc. was very glitchy, to the point of annoying.
    Never tried Tidal.
    Already Amazon prime member so I upgraded.
    With the Node 2i, Amazon hi res comes through my dac bit perfect, and it shows it on the dac.
    As with every service some hi res stuff is amazing and some well meh. Sometimes the CD version is better quality than the hi res probably due to up sampling.
     
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  6. The critics of MQA and Tidal seem to be a lot louder than those that favor it. Just look at the pole results, Tidal sits comfortably in second.
     
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  7. Mindhead1

    Mindhead1 Well-Known Member

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    Illinois
    This is a good move for Tidal. It makes them more price competitive. Pricing was a large reason a chose Qobuz over Tidal. Paying a premium for MQA ,are no sense to me since I have no MQA gear.

    Qobuz will need to step things up to survive in terms of app quality and connectivity options. The addition of Tidal Connect makes is another strong move by Tidal.
     
  8. Roger P

    Roger P Forum Resident

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    Richmond VA

    Qobuz app and connectivity issues is what drove me away from them, they have a lot of work to do to get me back.
    Kind of sucks because they by far have the best SQ.
     
  9. garrincha

    garrincha Forum Resident

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    for now. Amazon haven't long been in the hi res game. give it a few years and it'll be them and Spotify having the lions share, with the rest picking up the scraps
     
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  10. Roger P

    Roger P Forum Resident

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    Only way Amazon can be more successful is if they get their heads out of their arses and become more compatible with a larger variety of streaming devices besides the Node 2i.
    The Node is the only device I know of that streams Amazon hi res bit perfect but I could be wrong.
     
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  11. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

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    This will determine whether I will re-up with them for a second year. It's been fine with 96/24 content, but not 192/24.
     
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  12. Roger P

    Roger P Forum Resident

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    192/24 is where I had a ton of issues as well on multiple devices, but mainly streaming from a nice laptop at the time I had Qobuz

    I have since moved on from computer streaming, to archaic for me.
     
  13. What was your next step or where do you find yourself now?
     
  14. Roger P

    Roger P Forum Resident

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    Richmond VA
    Well, because I use Amazon as my service I am kind of stuck with the Node.
    Which at this point in time is a good bit of kit for the price to stream hi res, at least to me anyways
     
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  15. I’d love to take the Node for a test drive. It doesn’t looks like it performs as well with Apple Music in regards to functionality.

    However, Apple Music has allowed access to the Google Home Mini device which talks with the Node so there may be a legitimate path to integrate the Node into the Apple ecosystem.
     
  16. Roger P

    Roger P Forum Resident

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    Richmond VA
    Not sure on the apple integration, I personally am not an apple fan, love hate relationship for me.

    I don't see me parting ways with the node anytime soon.

    Great streamer, I am not fond of the internal dac, its not bad by any means just did not work for me.
     
  17. I’ve read the word ‘dull’ used when talking about the Nodes potential DAC shortcomings.

    I take it you have an external DAC connected.

    I wonder what differentiates the Node from something like the Google Audiocast that provides a digital out at a fraction of the cost.
     
  18. Stereosound

    Stereosound Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  19. BSU

    BSU Forum Resident

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    Amazon Music will buy-out a large competitor as streaming devices become more mainstream. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if they buy Tidal within the next 12 months.
     
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  20. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk

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    Lehigh Valley, PA
    Replace Node with all BluOS devices and you would be closer.
     
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  21. Mindhead1

    Mindhead1 Well-Known Member

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    Illinois
    Absolutely this. I would have probably gone with Amazon for hi-res if they made it easier to use with non-Amazon devices. I use a Raspberry Pi for streaming and Spotify, Tidal, and Qobuz make it relatively easy to use their services with the RPi and get the hi res quality.
     
  22. Mindhead1

    Mindhead1 Well-Known Member

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    Via Chromecast Audio I can’t use Qobuz over 16/44. Qobuz needs a Qobuz Connect option like Spotify and Tidal and while they are developing that need to improve the app.
     
  23. NapaBob

    NapaBob Forum Resident

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    Napa Valley CA USA
    Do you see Apple or Amazon integrating with Roon?
     
  24. Mindhead1

    Mindhead1 Well-Known Member

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    Illinois
    If your looking for a quality streaming option at a killer price point you should be looking at Raspberry Pi based streamers. They support AirPlay and Bluetooth if your an Apple Music, YouTube Music or other lossy service user, they can playback local or network FLAC/MP3/AAC, they support Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect (depending on OS used), can be used as room end points(if you are into that) and can also support Tidal and Qobuz via UpNP. All this can be had for less than $100.
     
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  25. Can you direct me to a web source so I can educate myself more? I’m interested.
     

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