• 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.

    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.
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