Tidal £10-£20/month

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

Tidal com­fort­ably re­tains its crown as our mu­sic-stream­ing ser­vice of choice. It was the first to of­fer hi-res au­dio stream­ing, and now presents a mil­lion hi-res tracks cov­er­ing a range of tastes (typ­i­cally 24-bit/96khz), which it calls Tidal Mas­ters. And although Qobuz of­fers 24-bit/192khz al­bums to those will­ing to pay the £24.99 monthly fee for its Stu­dio tier, Tidal has other tricks up its sleeve.

The Mas­ters of­fer­ing barely scratches the sur­face of Tidal’s over­all cat­a­logue of 48.5 mil­lion tracks – the most ex­haus­tive of its ri­vals (Qobuz and Ap­ple Mu­sic claim over 40 and 45 mil­lion songs re­spec­tively). It also takes the game to the likes of Spo­tify with its £10-per(last month Premium tier, which of­fers 320kbps stream­ing qual­ity.

And in ad­di­tion to mu­sic, Tidal also of­fers up thou­sands of Full HD videos, in­clud­ing mu­sic videos and in­ter­views.

Whether you’re lis­ten­ing to 320kbps, Cd-qual­ity or hi-res streams, Tidal sounds great. The 320kbps streams just pip their Spo­tify and Deezer equiv­a­lents with a slightly richer, fuller-bodied sound, and tracks streamed in loss­less of­fer much more de­tail, a bet­ter sense of space and a tighter han­dle on tim­ing than their 320kbps coun­ter­parts.

Ac­ces­si­ble via its PC, Mac and mo­bile apps, and web player, Tidal has re­cently ex­panded into Ap­ple and An­droid TV apps, and Ap­ple Carplay. Im­pres­sive.

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