Deezer Flac vs Tidal FLAC - Sound Quality Comparison

  • 8 October 2018
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I've been listening to Deezer FLAC and Tidal FLAC for some time now and been comparing them on a PC with Dragonfly Red, Magni 3 and Sennheiser HD 650 setup. I've also tried the V-Moda Crossfade II Wireless for reference cans. The thing is I can't shake the feeling that Tidal FLAC (Not MQA) is a lot cleaner, balanced, spacious and detailed as compared to the Deezer FLAC. So I am thinking, is it just me or are others out there who can concur?

I mea I really like Deezer for its innovative app design and features... But shouldn't sound quality be the same or is Deezer's source NOT true FLAC or an upscaled MP3? Is my system doing something to make Deezer Flac sound more like a 320 mp3 when compared to Tidal FLAC. The important part is WHY?? Love to hear the community's thoughts on this...

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See also this related thread:
I heard that in first moment - no solution is here about that - but my ears obviously tells me TIDAL has better deep dynamic.
Deezer vs Tidal, the detialed comparison between sound quality, HiFi, price, etc. is a large task. But as for me, I think Deezer music quality is the same as Tidal's.
Besides, when making a comparison, please make sure you are using the same lever subscription. Tidal has Premium and HiFi. Deezer has the Premium.
So just using Premium sound quality to make a detailed comparion. That's all things.
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Hi there @Annie_Yazbeck

Thank you for your support. We do have HiFi too 😅
Hi Rudi,
Everything works fine for me, but please help me understand the Hi Fi availability with my setup;
My setup is;
Samsung QLED TV (2018)
connected to my professional RME DAC via tos link(optical) cable
and my DAC to my amplifier. Meaning, Digital to Analog conversion is not on Samsung TV side.

What is not clear to me is;
1- Am I listening hi fi / lossless when using the Deezer app on Samsung QLED TV (2018)? If yes, it means the app is downloading the music at high resolution when possible, and sending it to DAC directly and digitally without any conversion, right?

2- I also sometimes use my mobile (iPhone) to select the songs and airplay it to Samsung TV. In this case, am I loosing sound quality either during airplay ( sending digital data from phone to tV) or during processing of data in TV? )

Thanks in Advance
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Found your reply on another topic and replied to it. Thank you for your patience.