Tidal update brings Masters audio quality to all Android smartphones

Tidal update brings Masters audio quality to all Android smartphones
Tidal quietly updated its Android app and while the new version doesn't come with any new features, it adds a very important functionality that will make HiFi subscribers. Masters streaming is something that only a limited number of Tidal subscribers were able to experience until now.

However, the latest update makes Masters streaming available to everyone with an Android smartphone and a HiFi subscription. Previously limited to select LG devices and the Essential Phone, Masters streaming should be available to all Android phones with the new version of Tidal app.

Masters streaming offers a higher level of audio quality, even better than HiFi. It offers a standard 96 kHz / 24 bit resolution, double the value of the HiFi audio, which is limited to 44.1 kHz / 16 bit resolution.

In order to obtain higher audio quality, Tidal has partnered with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), but not all tracks offer this level of sound quality. Still, Tidal says that HiFi users will be able to access more than 150,000 master-quality tracks with their Android phones, so make sure to update to the latest version of the app to benefit from the upgrade.

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9 Comments

1. PryvateiDz

Posts: 439; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

The thing is, isn't it true that you won't even be able to truly hear the HiFi or this higher quality, Master quality, if you have a MQA enabled device, such as the LG smartphones and Essential Phone listed in this article? So does it really make a difference?

5. w1000i

Posts: 229; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

You need a good headphone to enjoy the quality

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1206; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Good headphones start at 30$ (even lower, if you go for something like KZ), so you do not really have to be afraid you can reach decent sound quality. MQA enabled is a gimmick, any smartphone can decode MQA via software. Flac is better anyway.

7. thxultra

Posts: 419; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Not to mention background noise (people around you talking etc) and the extra data the larger files will use/take. I also argue if 90% of people can't even hear a difference between cd quality audio and 192khz 24bit audio on a proper system. Most of the time these high bit rate files sound better because they are better recordings (less compression etc) not because of the bit rate of the file.

8. japkoslav

Posts: 1206; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Most people are idiots, that is not an argument.

9. PryvateiDz

Posts: 439; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I do, I have a lot of Hi-Res headphones, 1More, AiAiAi, Sony, etc. etc. MQA is a technology that works with compatible devices, not reliant on headphones.

2. Nionx

Posts: 150; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I'm not sure. MQA was an update for the Essential phone. Razer phone also has all of the Bluetooth codecs so it...should...work...as long as have a good pair of headphones and a decent DAC.

3. PryvateiDz

Posts: 439; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

If I'm not mistaken, MQA wasn't a software update. The Essential Phone gained MQA because of its Audio Adapter HD accessory, which cost $150. So it was more like a post hardware upgrade (due solely because the Essential Phone is somewhat modular)

4. PryvateiDz

Posts: 439; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Never mind. Just read an article that HiBy updated one of their Hi-Res Audio players that they released in 2017, the R3, with MQA via a firmware update. So I guess it can be software updated. At least I think so. Also, I don't think Razer Phone has MQA. It has AptXD and LDAC (which any smartphone with Android Oreo has access to in the Bluetooth settings), but not MQA. I have the Razer Phone 2.

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