As promised I’m comparing streaming Tidal MQA vs Qobuz HiRes to the DS/Bridge II. I use my Samsumg Galaxy Tab S2 with BubbleUpnp streaming Qobuz and my i-Pad Air with mconnect Control HD streaming Tidal MQA. This setup makes it possible to switch between these two in ‘real time’. Knowing Tidal and Qobuz probably sometimes don’t use the identical master, I’m convinced there are examples they almost for sure use the same:
Above both Tidal and Qobuz using the Édition Studio Masters 24-48.
After comparing for a couple of days I prefer Qobuz. Sure MQA (in general…) betters 16-44. Without resorting to superlatives in my experience the Tidal MQA sound is very clean and (mostly…) betters 16-44. However same music with Qobuz HiRes sounds just a bit more lively, full and dynamic, less ‘compressed’.
My preliminary conclusion is that MQA is a nice ‘gift’ in streaming music, especially when little bandwidth is available. However with enough bandwidth - like over here in the Netherlands - I don’t see the need for MQA.