• 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 Member and use the desktop application in order to enjoy TIDAL Masters audio feature.

    HiFi Members: All you need is your TIDAL HiFi membership to access thousands of master-quality albums only through the TIDAL desktop application. When you are in TIDAL desktop application, click on the home button to the left-hand side and scroll down "Master Quality Audio Albums".

    If you don’t have the TIDAL desktop application, you can find it here.

    How can I listen to TIDAL Masters (master-quality recordings)?

    All you need is a TIDAL HiFi membership to access thousands of master-quality albums only through the TIDAL desktop application.

    When you are in TIDAL desktop application, click on the home button to the left-hand side and scroll down "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 Android device or Apple smartphones. 

    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 only through the TIDAL desktop application.

    When you are in TIDAL desktop application, click on the home button to the left-hand side and scroll down "Master Quality Audio Albums".

    Master-quality albums and tracks will be available on mobile and web application at a later date.

    What will it cost?

    We are introducing this to all TIDAL HiFi members at no additional charge.

    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 http://www.mqa.co.uk/customer/our-partners. You can also contact MQA at info@mqa.co.uk 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. For more information visit: https://www.mqa.co.uk/customer/how-it-works

    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.

     
     
     
     
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