|Separated by 10dB for clarity.|
|Overlaid 3 frequency responses aligned at 1kHz. Notice the "Partial" curve flattened out the bass and is similar to the "Full-Spectrum" curve in the lower frequencies. After 700Hz, it follows the "Uncorrected" curve. Left channel only.|
The big news in audio a couple weeks back was the announcement of a Spotify HiFi lossless service in the months ahead. It's about time! Finally with another of the "whales" (Amazon Music HD and now Spotify) in the lossless 16/44.1 club, Apple must be considering their future plans as well if they see significant consumer demand for the higher tier. I am mindful of the likelihood that high-bitrate lossy is good enough for the vast majority of music lovers. How many subscribers actually demand Spotify HiFi among its >140M worldwide subscribers will be interesting. However, even if just a few percent are interested, we're still looking at millions of subscribers!
Who knows at this point if Spotify will bother with "hi-res" content beyond 16/44.1. Personally it generally doesn't matter to me especially for streaming so long as they don't waste time and money with the MQA nonsense which they'll never get back ;-). The lack of any mention of hi-res suggests it won't.
I think Tidal HiFi especially is in a difficult spot at this point with a US$20/month price point and pseudo-hi-res MQA especially when Qobuz Studio is already down at US$15/month with true hi-res bitrate content on offer. With Spotify Premium lossy currently at $10/month (same price here in Canadian dollars), if they can target that $15/month spot with the HiFi tier if not even undercut that price, the name recognition and user interface quality I bet will win over many Tidal subscribers. This also will put some pressure on Roon I think given that it also runs on a subscription model (unless one were to buy the lifetime license) to expand integration if many subscribers use it for Tidal.
Personally, I cannot support Tidal for obvious reasons (I see it was recently bought by Square, Jack Dorsey of Twitter fame).
Qobuz, I'm guessing you guys will never show up here in Canada? I do hope Roon is able to do something with Spotify or Amazon HD given the limited options in a number of markets like Canada.
Also recently I saw this graphic of music sales from 1980 to 2020 (based on RIAA data if you want to see the details):
Take care audiophiles - Spring ahead. Hope you're enjoying the music!