I have a PS audio stellar gain cell dac/preamp and use Roon. To my ears the flac feed for JBRADIO2 (16/96) sounds better than Tidal lossless stream. I have compared exact same tracks and to my ears the JBRADIO2 feed sounds more dynamic and detailed. I am perplexed as to why this should be. Anybody else had the same experience? Any theory as to why?
If I were you I would trust my ears and go with the JBRADIO2 and care less as to why.
For many of us, the “why” is fascinating onto itself.
@john1955 - I have been listening to JB Radio2 for 9 months, @brett66 turned me on to this station and it is amazing SQ. However, a tad bit bass. More of a fan of 101 smooth jazz just because content. This station is a staple for me and also 192/16.
You are listening to the 96/16 station, I like the 192/16
Well, the first part of any comparison is making sure you are comparing what you think you are. I may be mistaken, but I thought the only files on Tidal that are 96k are 24/96 and MQA encoded. Quite different beasts. These wouldn’t qualify for the “exact same tracks”… and even two files labeled with the same resolution might be different masters.
The streams from JBRADIO2 whether 16/96, 16/192 or even lossy 320k consistently sound different (to my ears better) than any stream on Tidal, or Deezer hifi for that matter. I suspect that they are applying some kind of DSP to change the sound.
They are definitely adding some DSP to spice it up a bit, too much from 200Hz down in my opinion but the airy, wide soundstage is fun