The two companies have successfully demoed streaming of high-res MQA music files, paving the way potentially for another leap in quality for music streaming services.

The demonstration took place at Tidal's Oslo HQ, with Meridian founder Bob Stuart taking to the stage to run the demonstration, which used Tidal's streaming technology with MQA files and Meridian streaming products.

Pal Bratelund, Tidal's strategic partnership manager, told What Hi-Fi? at CES 2015 that Tidal was working with Meridian on a high-res music streaming service. And now we've had the first public demonstration of the technology.

Stuart said on the Tidal partnership: "We’ve been working very closely with Tidal and we appreciate their support very much. Today’s events clearly demonstrate that we can bring quality and convenience together with this innovative MQA technology. Streaming this sound quality is a big milestone, it’s an important moment for future generations of music lovers."

Tidal joined Qobuz in offering lossless, CD-quality streaming last year, delivering a jump in quality over the likes of Deezer and Spotify in return for an extra £10/month on the subscription price (£20/month as opposed to Spotify Premium's £10/month). But now it seems they're ready to up the standard again.

MQA is Meridian's own technology, promising to more efficiently package studio master quality files in order to take up less space when it comes to streaming and downloading high-res music.

Tidal has already been integrated into Meridian's Sooloos systems, and now we know the hardware - the MQA demo used Special Edition DSP7200 speakers and an 818 Reference Audio Core - can support MQA Tidal streams, too. 7digital also announced it would adopt MQA files at the end of last year, using MQA to power services such as Technics Tracks and e-Onkyo

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All this activity suggests a high-res streaming service some time soon looks increasingly likely...

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happy_hifi's picture

Could This Be True ?


I heard recently that Tidal claim to be offering hi-res streaming, but rumour has it that not all configurations that customers may have will be able to receive the hi-res and will instead only get the equivalent of the £10.00 Spotify version, but will end up costing them double.

I think the idea was a basic set up of a mobile phone and say, bluetooth headphones, will be the kind of configuration that won't get the full hi-res.

Could there be any truth to this ?


Andy Clough's picture

Tidal high-res

We are certainly expecting Tidal (among others) to launch a high-res music streaming service later this year, using MQA, but that's all we know at the moment. We have no further details as to pricing, compatibility, availability and so on. As soon as we do, we will let you know.