Originally Posted by pappaduke
Since your AVR decodes MQA (mine does not), I would not invest in Bluesound unless the other streaming options are of interest to you. As long as you can access the Masters section of Tidal you should be good. As far as the UI, that’s another issue.
When I first starting using Tidal I didn’t like the UI, but now I cruise around it quite easily. I guess it was a learning curve. Give it a chance.
I think the UI of the standard Tidal smartphone app is fine and I would be happy with using. It is not super great but not horrible. The app for the Onkyo is a screen mirror of what the Onkyo outputs to the TV which is 4 or 5 folders windows explore type folders that I can drill down into.
My Music folder has the folders:
-Create new play list
Then if I click on the folder Artists I get a list of artists that I Favorited.
Say one of the Artists is David Bowie and I click on that folder, then I get the folders:
-EPs and singles
Clicking on albums opens to a bunch of folders with all the Albums by Bowie, then clicking on an album folder opens the album as a list of songs on that album.
No graphics, all text. It works but it involves a lot of digging through folders to find something.
Perhaps there is a way to use the Tidal app with the Onkyo tidal app but I don't think so.
I guess if I wanted to go this way I would need to use the phone app or computer app to favorite a bunch of albums I like, then scroll through those to find stuff easier. I guess it would be ok for me if I wanted to listen to music solo, but say if I had a party and someone wanted to play something, it would be a serious challenge for them to find what they are looking for and play it. Compared to handing them my phone and them finding what they want on Spotify or Google Play Music.
There is search functionality but using the Tidal interface on the TV involves typing it out with the remotes up-down-left-right channels. The only thing the phone app does is make typing a search and clicking on folders easier.
I will do some listening over the next few weeks and decide if the sound quality is worth the trouble and $20 a month.
As I mentioned earlier, I can cast the Tidal standard smartphone app to the AVR's built in Chromecast app but I am not sure if I would still get MQA that way or if there is a loss of quality as opposed to using the AVRs built in Tidal app.
When did listening to an album get so complicated