• What Audio Quality Do TIDAL HiFi Plans Offer?
  • TIDAL HiFi memberships are the best way to experience music in the highest sound quality available. We have two TIDAL HiFi subscription options - HiFi.

    TIDAL HiFi is our entry level HiFi subscription and allows you to listen to music in lossless high fidelity audio.

    TIDAL HiFi is the only service that allows you to listen to music in lossless high fidelity audio, Authenticated Master Quality audio, and immersive audio formats all in one place.

     

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    A TIDAL HiFi membership supports multiple sound options:

    • Master - Original master recordings - authenticated by the record label or artist themselves. Unrivaled quality, clarity and depth delivering all file sizes (up to 24 bit / 352kHz), using no more bandwidth than a CD quality (16 bit / 44.1kHZ) file (up to 9216 Kbps or 24 bit / 192 kHz). 
    • HiFi - Lossless quality audio (1411kbps or 16bit / 44.1kHz).
    • High - Best compromise between data usage and sound quality (320kbps AAC).
    • Normal - Reduced data usage for slower connections.
    • Immersive Audio - Allows sounds to be precisely and spatially placed. We are the only service to support both 360 Reality Audio and Dolby Atmos on mobile devices.


    What is High Fidelity (HiFi) Sound?

    TIDAL HiFi relies on FLAC (16bit / 44.1kHz), a more robust and crisp streaming format. The majority of streaming services simply offer Standard Definition audio through the use of MP3s or other compressed formats - where aspects of the original recording are removed to compress the file, compromising on quality. With a TIDAL HiFi subscription, you have the ability to stream over 70+ million losslessly compressed tracks. TIDAL Lossless content is 4.4x the bitrate of the highest Standard Definition streams offered by other services, allowing you to hear the music in its purest form.


    What is Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology?

    TIDAL has partnered with MQA to deliver audio in 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 precisely as the artist intended. MQA offers our members a more natural, believable, involving and immersive listening experience. For every song or album, our label partners and artists ensure that only the highest quality definitive master is converted to MQA.

    TIDAL is one of the only services to render 24-bit master files streamable on portable devices as it uses a state-of-the-art MQA compression process.

    Here you can learn more about Master Quality audio at TIDAL, and here about how the MQA technology works.

     

    Which iOS devices support TIDAL HiFi ?

    TIDAL HiFi can be used on iPhones and iPads with iOS13 or above.


    Which Android devices support TIDAL HiFi ?

    TIDAL HiFi can be used on Android Version 6 or later. Please note that the Blackberry Android is not supported. You can also enjoy TIDAL on your Kindle Fire with Android version 4.4.4 or higher.


    Which Mac devices support TIDAL HiFi ?

    TIDAL HiFi is supported on Mac OS X v10.10 or later with a processor/CPU: Intel® Core™ Duo or faster and a RAM of 512MB (1GB recommended)


    Which Windows devices support TIDAL HiFi ?

    TIDAL HiFi is supported on Windows 7 or later with a processor/CPU: 2.33GHz Intel® Pentium® 4, AMD Athlon® 64 2800+, or faster, and a RAM of 512MB (1GB recommended)


    What Web Browsers support TIDAL HiFi ?

    For use on Macs (OS X) or Windows-based computers:

    Google Chrome 
    Firefox 
    Opera 
    Vivaldi 
    Brave

    Please ensure you are updated to the latest version of the selected browser as older versions may not be supported.

    Which home audio devices and software support TIDAL HiFi ?

    TIDAL HiFi offers integration with many of the most popular home audio devices. These include:

    Desktop App connected via USB or other digital outputs(*)
    Sonos
    Google Cast or Chromecast
    BluOS by Bluesound*
    Roon*
    Naim
    Heos by Denon

    A complete list of devices and apps found here.

    (*)Indicates support for MQA.


    Which Smart TVs and Streamers support TIDAL HiFi ?

    Roku
    Chromecast
    AppleTV
    Fire TV
    Android TV

    How can I best enjoy TIDAL HiFi in the car?

    TIDAL HiFi can be enjoyed via a standard 3.5mm / ¼-inch “aux cord”, Bluetooth, or via digital mirroring technologies like Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Ford Applink, and Samsung Carconnect. Some of these also support TIDAL Masters, depending on the vehicle model.

    TIDAL is also available directly in the infotainment systems of:

    Mercedes-Benz (in newer models with MBUX)*
    Volkswagen (starting with the 2020 Passat)*


    *Only available in select regions.


    How much space will TIDAL HiFi audio files take up when downloaded to my device?

    The following things determine the size of a downloaded song: the file’s bit depth, sampling frequency, and compression codec used. Note that higher-quality lossless files are larger. Below are examples of file sizes for a 3½ minute song:

    Normal - 2.5MB
    High - 8.4MB
    HiFi (lossless, 44.1 kHz sample rate) - 20 MB
    MQA (lossless, max 352 kHz sample rate) - 26.25 MB

    Note: Sizes of FLAC files can vary greatly depending on music dynamics, conversion tool used, what format the file was converted from and the level of compression used. The information here is general and currently being revised for more accuracy.

    What data speed does my internet connection need to be to listen to TIDAL HiFi ?

    For the best streaming experience on HiFi and MQA, we recommend a steady Internet connection of 1.5 to 2 Mbps or more. Note that HiFi audio usually consumes up to 5.5 MB of data per minute, and MQA up to 7.5MB of data per minute (varying based on the exact sample rates).

    Note: Sizes of FLAC files can vary greatly depending on music dynamics, conversion tool used, what format the file was converted from and the level of compression used. The information here is general and currently being revised for more accuracy.

    How do I know the audio quality of content I am listening to?

    To view or make changes to the audio quality on your desktop, go to Settings on the left-hand slider. Select Streaming to manage your sound quality, either Normal, High, or HiFi/Master, and confirm your output device.

    While a song is selected, you can find the type of audio quality to the right of the shuffle button.

    To view or make changes to the audio quality in-app, go to My Collection, and select Settings in the top right corner. Select Streaming to manage your sound quality for both WiFi and Cellular data.

    While a song is selected, you can see the audio quality it is streaming in under the play/pause button.


    Why would I need an external Digital Analog Converter (DAC)?

    A DAC is not needed to enjoy TIDAL HiFi or MQA; however, in order to enjoy MQA at its fullest potential, MQA has select partners that have built DACs to specifically playback MQA in the best and most accurate way possible. A selection of these DACs can be found here.

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