- TIDAL MASTERS
What is TIDAL Masters?
TIDAL has partnered with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) to deliver guaranteed master-quality recordings directly from the master source - an audio experience that the artist intended.
What is the difference between HiFi quality and Master quality?
HiFi audio is a superior sound but is still limited in its resolution—44.1 kHz /16 bit.
TIDAL has partnered with MQA to deliver something infinitely better: an authenticated and unbroken version (typically 96 kHz / 24 bit) with the highest possible resolution—as flawless as it sounded in the mastering suite. And exactly as the artist intended it to sound.
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 recordings)?
When you are in the TIDAL desktop application, click on the home button to the left-hand side and scroll down to "Master Quality Audio Albums".
To get the best quality, make sure to select "HiFi/Master" quality in “Settings" and then select “Streaming".
If you don’t have the TIDAL desktop application, you can find it here.
You can also use your compatible Android or Apple device.
Where do I find a list of available master-quality albums and tracks?
TIDAL HiFi members can access our growing catalog of master-quality albums and tracks through the TIDAL desktop application and TIDAL App by clicking on the home button to the left-hand side and scrolling down to "Master Quality Audio Albums".
In addition, all "Master Quality Audio Albums" will have an 'M' icon next to the album name.
How much music is available in Master quality?
We have a large number of tracks from our TIDAL artist owners and key independent labels. We will continue to add more master-quality content over time.
Where can I find a full list of MQA-enabled devices?Visit the MQA website for all MQA-enabled devices. You can also contact MQA at email@example.com for any MQA-specific questions.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, like the AudioQuest DragonFly (containing the MQA renderer), 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.