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Streaming HD files from Tidal

RBinDC

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I have been streaming music from Tidal and it sounds great on my LS-50 speakers driven by a modest Yamaha AVR (100 watts per channel).

Question: how do I know if the album I am playing is in high definition format? I see nothing on Tidal indicating this.

Tidal has two versions of Brubeck’s “Take Five” album, one labeled “Legacy Edition” (which I bought in vinyl 40 years ago) and the other with no such label and a slightly different color scheme on the jacket. When I do an A-B comparison the music on the Legacy Edition is less clear and less defined than the music on the other album. I assume that there is a difference in the file formats but how can I confirm this?

Help!
 

Niallivm

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Qobuz* clearly indicates whether an album is in Hi Res or not.

Do you mean the Brubeck album "Time Out", the one opening with Blue Rondo a la Turk? If so, both the 16 track "Legacy Edition" of Brubeck's "Time Out" and the normal 8 track release are only in 16bit, 44.1 kHz (CD quality) rather than High Res. In fact, aside from a live album all of Brubeck's back catalogue on Qobuz is only in CD resolution, which is unusual for a jazz great.
Any difference you may be noticing is probably down to the fact that the Legacy Edition is a 2009 remastering, whereas the other release is most likely a simpler digital transfer of the 1959 original. Great album, btw!

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*I'd recommend Qobuz over Tidal for jazz fans, but that's not what you're asking.
 

RBinDC

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Thanks for the useful response.

Yes, that’s the album I referred to. At 16/44.1 it still sounds good but, for some reason, the competing album on Tidal sounds slightly better. Not a huge difference but a bit more detailed.

I wonder why there are two versions of this album with one having a slightly different color ( colour?) scheme on the jacket. This has to be a remastered version.

I will try out Qobuz.
 
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Niallivm

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Thanks for the useful response.

Yes, that’s the album I referred to. At 16/44.1 it still sounds good but, for some reason, the competing album on Tidal sounds slightly better. Not a huge difference but a bit more detailed.

I wonder why there are two versions of this album with one having a slightly different color ( colour?) scheme on the jacket. This has to be a remastered version.

I will try out Qobuz.
On Qobuz the Legacy Edition’s cover is brighter with the orange and red type more vibrant
 

nopiano

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There have been dozens of Take Five versions over the years. I read somewhere not just remasters and live recordings, but more than one ‘original’.

What app are you using to stream Tidal? Usually they display the bit rate etc.
 

SteveR750

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Tidal "hifi" tracks are in cda quality, "master" are 24/96 res. Each track has axn indication next to its listing.

 

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