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    Which streaming service do you guys use,

    I use Deezer, Amazon, my daughter uses spotifi, Does anyone use Tidal.

    Which one in your opinion is the best to use including value for money. bit rates, sound etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzag View Post
    Which streaming service do you guys use,

    I use Deezer, Amazon, my daughter uses spotifi, Does anyone use Tidal.

    Which one in your opinion is the best to use including value for money. bit rates, sound etc.
    I use TIDAL, Spotify is poor quality but fine if you are just listening on the go on mobile device, Amazon What HiFi review "Amazon has been coy about revealing its streaming bitrate, claiming to support 'multiple bitrates’, but we’d bet our reference hi-fi system that it’s not dissimilar from Spotify’s 320kbps streams. At best.".

    Deezer has a variety of streaming SQ plans and can go top to FLAC on:-
    TechRadar review for Deezer:-
    "Final verdict
    Every streaming service has its strengths and weaknesses. Where Tidal seems to offer the best curated content, Spotify puts friends' music front and center. Apple Music has the best mainstream music anywhere on the planet, while Google Play Music integrates perfectly with Android devices. Deezer's secret sauce is its massive, global music library and cornucopia of HD tracks.

    Admittedly, its apps have a ways to go to catch up to the rest of the pack, and its curated lists are severely hurting in terms of more frequent additions. But, ultimately, it's a fine music streaming service for the globetrotting audiophile or Sonos-equipped music snob."

    Personally I use TIDAL via Volumio to my Raspberry Pi/DAC to HiFi system. If I want Hi Res then I run Audirvana on my MacBook Pro and access TIDAL through that, if I am just easy listening to general playlists then I will use the TIDAL app on iPhone to iPad to Volumio or on headphones.

    I have not tried Deezer so can't comment on it SQ compared to what I use.
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    ive tried them all bar itunes
    Amazon; variable bit rates, and not great overall but price is decent if you use amazon prime etc.
    Spotty; is excellent for a non flac and with an eq fitted sounds very good.
    Deezer; Lower bit version is hot, and tiresome. their flac is very good tho. good catalogue too.
    Tidal; Was the daddy, and probably still is value for money wise, if you can utilise the masters.
    Qoboz; been trialing this for a while. its very good; the hi rez is a bit pricey tho, and not tried it. Catalogue isny as good but i do like it even if the windows app refuses to work properly if at all.

    overall, if spotty dit hirez they would be numero uno but dont so crown overall stays currently with tidal, although i do like qoboz so, we shall see...
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    Best for SQ are Tidal & Qobuz.
    Spotify has the largest library of all.
    Qobuz has the best library if you are primarily interested in classical music.
    Spotify, Apple & Amazon are all great for more casual listening, ie on a mobile device or on a Sonos speaker for instance.
    Tidal at first glance seems to highlight the type of music manufactured by the celebrity owners, but in reality there is a massive catalogue for most tastes.
    Most will give a months free trial to help you work out which is best for you.
    I settled on Tidal with the top tier Hifi stream, £20 a month. Sounds a lot at first, but it stops me from wasting at least that much on cd’s or lps that I previously would have bought on a whim. Tidal neatly integrates into Audirvana which I also use.

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    I use Qobuz Studio with Roon direct to Roon ready Devialet 440 Pro. Roon Eliminates the use of the Qobuz front ends.

    I did not like Tidal as the classical catalog is not as good as Qobuz.


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    I also use Qobuz Studio (lossless CD quality + Hi-Res 24/96 + 24/192 where available)....

    .....£25 a month seems reasonable for this level of quality.

    Tried Tidal but did not work well with the Orange Squeeze android app I use to control my Raspberry Pi / Wolfson Audio card combo. I stream my Pi running SqueezeLite linked to Logitech Media Server as a cheap Squeezebox clone (outputting via coax on the Wolfson card to my DAC).

    Qobuz works well in my setup and is particularly good in providing the jazz and classical side of stuff (as well as French classics like Serge Gainsbourg of course).

    .....Some say the sound quality of Qobuz lossless is better than Tidal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Theadmans View Post
    I also use Qobuz Studio (lossless CD quality + Hi-Res 24/96 + 24/192 where available)....

    .....£25 a month seems reasonable for this level of quality.

    Tried Tidal but did not work well with the Orange Squeeze android app I use to control my Raspberry Pi / Wolfson Audio card combo. I stream my Pi running SqueezeLite linked to Logitech Media Server as a cheap Squeezebox clone (outputting via coax on the Wolfson card to my DAC).

    Qobuz works well in my setup and is particularly good in providing the jazz and classical side of stuff (as well as French classics like Serge Gainsbourg of course).

    .....Some say the sound quality of Qobuz lossless is better than Tidal.
    The Jane birkin album on qoboz is a smasher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Theadmans View Post
    .....Some say the sound quality of Qobuz lossless is better than Tidal.
    Definitely better than Tidal.



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    I am sorry and this is not dissing anyone who uses these services but i do not see the point. I have 55,000 tracks all in Flac mainly from CD rips on my hard drive . I will never have enough time to listen to them all but they are all music that I bought and own. Whenever i try a streaming service I input twentlt racks that i like and listen to quite a bit , so far three is the maximum number that any of the streamign services has so sadly it is just not for me.

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    I also prefer to use my own catalogue which is cloud based so I have access from anywhere I have internet access. I also use many of the excellent web based radio stations for background music.

    However I find the free Spotify excellent for finding and trying new music and artists.

    I am not a fan of subscription music services but I think that's more the era i come from but I see many people like them and it does give access to a fantastic variety of music we would otherwise may never be aware of let alone hear.

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