Tyler Fisher and Jacob Ganz, writing for NPR Music:
Recently, the rapper Jay Z relaunched the subscription streaming music service Tidal, which includes the option to listen to high-definition audio for $19.99 per month. Tidal’s HiFi, with its uncompressed audio files, promises a better listening experience than any other streaming service on the market.
Many listeners cannot hear the difference between uncompressed audio files and MP3s, but when it comes to audio quality, the size of the file isn’t (ahem) everything. There are plenty of other ingredients to consider, from the quality of your headphones to the size of the room you’re sitting in to, well, your own ears.
Follow the headline link to try your hand at picking the highest quality stream from three different choices. You’ll have six different samples to work through. I did surprisingly poorly. I guess I’m not a good candidate for Tidal’s HiFi service. Are you?