@CanadianMaestro: I agree with you, for most people it should sound fine and it's a convenient solution.
I'm more interested to find out your personal opinion, your own conclusion.
For me, in order to hear the differences, I think it takes educated ears
, good gear
and to be sure you compare identical
track versions (not old vs. newly re-mastered versions).
Most people have trouble distinguishing between mp3 and flac versions and they don't own expensive gear.
My personal conclusion is that streaming over internet is a convenient but not really an ultimate audiophile solution
- it's not Tidal's fault, assuming they send the flac correctly
- it's not gear manufacturer's fault (Bryston or others), they receive the bits via the Internet via streaming
I'm just curious if Bryston found a way to solve this maybe via some buffering...
It seems to me that the music is dead on arrival because of the streaming protocol
, the transport.
What happens between the two ends takes a toll on the sound quality.
In my opinion, the only reliable way to have the maximum of quality is downloading the entire file, not streaming.
To illustrate this:
Imagine your network player doing streaming
of a track from a NAS
in your local network at home.
The digital signal
will pass from the NAS
through one or more Ethernet
cables and/or maybe a router
(or even more) in its way to the streamer/player.
A lot of people try these days to optimize
- by using expensive audiophile Ethernet cables,
the power adapters of the NAS and routers/switches with clean
linear power supplies (LPS) or batteries
And notable improvements
could be heard in a decent system! I enjoyed them, too.
Now imagine the NAS
is a Tidal server
located somewhere on the "web" and between it and your system is "the internet"
No more audiophile cables and LPS
The real-time audio digital signal travels through a web of cables and gear with dubious power supplies out of your control.
Only the download
is guaranteed 100% bit perfect but streaming
will affect the timing, will suffer from jitter and packet loss.
Eager to hear some opinions from "technical" guys, I could be wrong on what was stated above and I accept that.