Years ago I had Qobuz. A French firm fitting in tradition of the Ocora label. Always good musicians and a beautiful musical sound quality. Moving to Naim with built in Tidal support meant moving to Tidal. Recently native Qobuz support has been added to Naim and Roon makes it even easier.
Last night I did a comparison between Tidal and Qobuz. Started a Qobuz trial and using Roon its just a click to switch and compare the two stream providers.
Quite a revelation. Tidal streams are
- Harsh in loud passages, almost clipping
- Less “transparant”
I listen a lot to older “world music”, FI female singers from west-africa. Not always the best recordings, demanding music. With Tidal most sound harsh, which led me to seeking improvement. With Qobuz the music is back.
The catalogue of Qobuz is, for me, just as good or even beter than Tidal. A subscription on year-base is even cheaper than Tidal. So it’s a no-brainer, I’ll cancel Tidal and stay with Qobuz.