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    I subbed for the Tidal 3 months just so I could do some back to back comparisons as I got a Topping D30Pro DAC for Xmas. So this is with an A30Pro amp and Sennheiser HD598SE headphones. It is really eye opening when you compare a Tidal Master (PC s/w decoded as I don't have an MQA DAC) to a Hi Rez FLAC track from this list https://www.whathifi.com/features/15...r-hi-fi-system. In this case the Hans Zimmer stuff that I have a copy of. The difference is much more than I expected. Clarity, articulation and placing of instruments within the whole is just so much better in the FLAC. The Tidal track just seems flatter and duller for want of a better description. I got my son to try the comparison with his younger better hearing and he found the difference mainly in going back from the FLAC to the Tidal version there is just something missing. I also tried a Spotify comparison and that in all honesty is pretty decent. I guess Quboz is one to try at some point. That and wasting money on better headphones obviously!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enda View Post
    It only took me a few minutes to sign up for the Argentina plan. I have it linked to my Revolut card and it seems good so far. Spotify seems better for podcasts but Iíve yet to find an artist that I listened to on Spotify isnít on there.
    Whenever I have tried such things, even with my Revolut card, I hit a barrier than my 'card address is in a different country to that where I am trying to register '.

    I assume there are ways round ut but don't have time research it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SydR View Post
    Whenever I have tried such things, even with my Revolut card, I hit a barrier than my 'card address is in a different country to that where I am trying to register '.

    I assume there are ways round ut but don't have time research it.
    The only thing I did different is I used a virtual rather than my physical card with Revolut and it went through without any issues. A few people on HUKD have said they got that message about their address but it seems to work for most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SydR View Post
    Whenever I have tried such things, even with my Revolut card, I hit a barrier than my 'card address is in a different country to that where I am trying to register '.

    I assume there are ways round ut but don't have time research it.
    Have you tried using an address local to the country you're buying the service in? Many places don't check the card address when selling virtual services like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junglebert View Post
    Have you tried using an address local to the country you're buying the service in? Many places don't check the card address when selling virtual services like this.
    I have done so in the past, where an address can be entered, but some services donít ask and simply go off the registered country for the payment card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobM View Post
    Apple Music serves me and the family well. It can offer a higher level of quality than my setup can exploit, the library is good, but mostly itís convenient. If you use Apple kit the integration is great.Just turn off Spatial audio IMO, useless gimmick.
    Canít agree on turning off spatial audio, at least over AirPod Max and on tracks that are made for it. Searching for spatial audio in the music app brings up the category. For me it transforms the headphone soundstage, but where it really comes into its own is playing lossles audio via an Apple TV to a Dolby Atmos speaker setup, since spatial audio is in the end just an attempt to create an Atmos-lite experience over headphones. The real thing on speakers is something which needs to be heard to appreciate where the art of mixing is at the moment (the soundtrack to Dune would be a reasonable place to start). Obviously only home cinema nuts are likely to have the seven speakers and sub required for it, and setting it up correctly is a PhD project (donít think for a moment the ampís auto-calibration is going to sort it all out!).

    Lossless Dolby Atmos is the reason Iíll stick with Apple, but TBH Iím knee deep in the Apple ecosystem anyway, and had never even heard of half of the other services until reading this thread.

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