- TIDAL MASTERS
What is TIDAL Masters?
TIDAL has partnered with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) to deliver guaranteed Masters recordings in the highest quality, directly from the original master source to TIDAL members – exactly as the artist intended the track to sound.
What is the difference between HiFi quality and Master quality?
HiFi audio is a superior sound, however with Masters the label has mined their archives and confirmed that these are the definitive song releases. MQA’s technology ensures this original version is supplied via TIDAL directly to the subscriber: an authenticated and unbroken music file (typically 96 kHz / 24 bit) with the highest possible resolution—as flawless as it sounded in the mastering suite.
While HiFi recordings are limited to 44.1 kHz / 16 bit, Masters will reflect the original source, which can range from CD-quality, to 96 kHz / 24 bit, and in some cases, ultra-high resolution files with sample rates of 192 kHz and beyond.
I'm already a TIDAL user, what do I do?
Premium Members: As a Premium member, you will need to upgrade to a TIDAL HiFi membership to enjoy the TIDAL Masters audio feature.
HiFi Members: All you need is your TIDAL HiFi membership to access thousands of master-quality albums.
How can I listen to TIDAL Masters (master quality authenticated recordings)?
You can listen to TIDAL Masters on the TIDAL desktop application or your compatible Android or Apple device.
Make sure to select "Master" quality in “Settings" under the “Streaming" tab.
Where do I find a list of available master-quality albums and tracks?
TIDAL HiFi members can access our growing catalog of Masters albums and tracks through the TIDAL desktop or mobile applications by clicking on the home button to the left-hand side and scrolling down to "Master Quality Authenticated Albums" and “Master Quality Authenticated Playlists”. Or click on Explore and select the TIDAL Masters icon to explore Masters-only features.
In addition, all "Master Quality Authenticated” albums or tracks will have a 'Master' icon next to them.
How much music is available in Master quality?
We have millions of tracks across all genres, both from TIDAL's artist owners and the music labels. We will continue to add more Masters content weekly.How does MQA work within the TIDAL app?
The TIDAL app contains the MQA core decoder and performs the first unfold of an MQA file. You can learn more about how MQA works here.
What happens if I connect my Android or iOS device to an external DAC?
If you connect an MQA-enabled DAC, you will get the authentication light and the optimal audio quality.
Is TIDAL Masters also supported on other Apple devices eg iPod Touch and iPad?
Yes, it’s supported on iPad and iPod Touch devices which run iOS 11 or later.
Where can I find a full list of MQA-enabled devices?