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Bridging Tidal and Beolab 20

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Jayson234
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Jayson234 posted on Sat, Feb 27 2021 6:32 AM

Hi All,

Apologies if this is a bit of a dumb question, but I was hoping to get some advice around our current setup.

At the moment, we stream music mainly from Tidal through the below:

Tidal (from iphone or ipad) --> Apple TV --> Klipsch HD Control Centre --> Beolab 20s.

I was hoping to ask if we might get any improvement in sound if we went Tidal --> [something else] --> Beolab 20s? 

Thanks a lot in advance!

T

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Curly replied on Sat, Feb 27 2021 7:00 PM

With “something else”, it may sound different but whether it sounds BETTER is up to your ears only, my friend.

Do note, however, that BL20 can only accept a maximum of 24/96, so it cannot play full TIDAL Master MQA of 24/196. Because you’re unlikely to get any higher rez streaming by using “something else”, I think if you feel the sound is better will just be a question of subjective taste.

I couldn’t hear a difference with some A/B testing using TIDAL on my BL17, FWIW...

Currently: BeoLab 17, BeoLab 18, BeoSound Core, Beosound Level, Beosound A1 2nd Gen, BeoPlay S8 Connection Hub, Essence Remote

Previously: BeoSound 1 non-GVA

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Curly replied on Sat, Feb 27 2021 7:02 PM

Here’s a relevant thread.

https://forum.beoworld.org/forums/t/42885.aspx

Currently: BeoLab 17, BeoLab 18, BeoSound Core, Beosound Level, Beosound A1 2nd Gen, BeoPlay S8 Connection Hub, Essence Remote

Previously: BeoSound 1 non-GVA

Jayson234
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Thanks so much Curly, really appreciate it! 

Carolpa
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Skip the ATV in your setup and use a Mac or PC to run Audirvana on it.

Audirvana remote (also for Tidal/Qobuz on your iPad) - Mac/PC - Klipsch - BL20 

 

Also possible:

A much under appreciated and unknown source type available in most B&o NL devices to consider : "Music Stream". 

With Audirvana Tidal/Qobuz can be upnp/dlna streamed directly to B&o 

 

Jayson234
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Thanks Carlopa, apologies for the ignorance, but would this be different from getting a Bluesound Node 2i?

Carolpa
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Jayson234:

 

Thanks Carlopa, apologies for the ignorance, but would this be different from getting a Bluesound Node 2i?

 

no, but presenting alternatives, which may sound better.

and easier to test, presuming you already have a MAC/PC and use the 30 days test period of Audirvana

 

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