Rumour? Listening tests stretched the release somewhat you said and doing listening tests on this release prove it could change sound appearance otherwise no need to?
“Software code is a complex series of interactions; you don’t just ‘plug in’ the TIDAL Connect bit (wish it was that simple). Any changes can affect the whole, including sound quality. Therefore the final stage of every software release is ensuring everything sounds as it should, and making adjustments if it doesn’t.”
We aren’t allowed to talk about beta testing but perhaps I will be forgiven if I just say that the last couple of betas of 3.7 drew universal approval from the beta testers for sound quality, including from some notably picky ND555 owners. I don’t think anyone should worry about SQ of this firmware release.
Yes, I am stuck trying to figure out the use case for Tidal Connect on a Naim player.
The Naim app already has a Tidal integration, for all the content.
So when would you want to use Tidal Connect?
Is the plan to drop the Tidal integration from the Naim app, in favour of Tidal Connect for playback of a Tidal stream?
Is driving the Tidal stream from the native Tidal app on a controller device, such as an iPad, going to be any different? Is the native Tidal app going to undertake the 1st unfold for Tidal Masters, and send the unfold stream directly to the Naim player over Tidal Connect?
Also, if you have Roon, you have an excellent integration with Tidal, with support for 1st unfold of Tidal Master, and able to direct the stream to current as well as legacy Naim players. Plus with Roon, the legacy platform can have Qobuz and Lossless Internet streaming overcoming the buffering limitations of the BridgeCo platform, while separating the stream management and processing from the player/render, potentially leading to better SQ.
It’s all about convenience. We’re giving people more choice- they can either stream TIDAL from the Naim App, or the TIDAL App - which does offer a richer experience, including some advance elements we don’t support natively in the Naim App.
And yes, Roon does a lot - but it’s not free, unlike this software update
There’s a number of features that are unavailable in the Naim app that are present in Tidal’s app, plus improvements to search & the general UI IMO. Things like this were discussed in a separate thread here:
Side note - picked a bad day to go to the office, after months of badgering on…
I am just trying Tidal Connect to a Chromecast Audio device, which I normally drive as a Roon Endpoint (in my Home office), either directly or part of a larger Chromecast Group.
Directing the a Tidal Master stream to Tidal Connect drops it to HiFi, despite the device being capable of playback at resolution greater that the 16/44.1 CD quality that Tidal HiFi offers, so answering my earlier question.
I do use the Tidal app on the iPhone for Mobile listening, even through an external dongle DAC and for some music discovery. But don’t see anything more in the native Apps over the integrations, but perhaps I need to take a deeper look.
In terms of Roon, sure there is additional cost, but having being an adopter since 2015, my Lifetime subscription is well sunk at this point and the Core runs ROCK on a NUC recovered from work, which as an older i3 model works perfectly with a library of 7,000 albums of which 60% is HiRes.
Also Tidal Connect → Chromecast Audio is likely a misinterpretation: AFAIK you would “Chromecast” something to your CCA device and wouldn’t be using TC, and succumbing to the lower res of Chromecast + non-gapless playback.