I smiled when I see how many folks have mentioned the "Vet" price at Tidal. I always like seeing that. Actually, I purchased my XPA-3 Gen3 by using the Vet discount and at the time was the deal-maker for me.
I know that this is probably yet ANOTHER of those questions where the REAL answer is "it depends".
So, I am new to this "Streaming" stuff and just got my shiny new BlueSound Node 2i set-up and starting to play-around with it.
I want to look at the Streaming Services - I know that several have a "free" Trial Period (Tidal and Qobuz Sublime, and perhaps others)
But: In reality - how likely am I to notice the difference in sound quality between Tidal's "Premium" (CD or better) vs. "HiFi" (MQA) Service? If you have tested their service - how BIG of a difference did YOU notice? (The Internal DAC / Streamer within the Node 2i is supposed to be "Optimized" for use with Tidal's MQA Service.)
Congratulations on the Node 2i, this DAC has a lot of bang for the buck. I listen to music for several hours per day. I rarely watch TV, except for movies. I use Roon to manage my CD library and the streaming from Tidal with MQA service (and Qobuz) using the Bluesound Node 2i and I can hear a difference with MQA when it comes to clarity and separation. Do your own comparisons. I have CD and MQA versions of the same music and to me, the MQA does sound different. Enjoy the new DAC, you are really going to like it!
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What physical streaming device hardware is decent as I'm also thinking of adding H Res streaming to my set up. I have an OpportunityBD-103 around and looks like I may be able to use that to connect to Tidal
Last Edit: Feb 21, 2020 9:59:29 GMT -5 by jjkessler
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