Sound bites

Life with the amazing Monitor Audio from Acton Gate Audio has been amazing!

The sound quality from this ensemble is impeccable.  

Monitor Audio B2 & Monitor Audio A100

Monitor Audio B2 & Monitor Audio A100

Along my journey I've continued using both Spotify  and Tidal with some mixed feelings. 

Whilst I've developed an extensive playlist with Spotify I've continued to dip in and out of Tidal for their HiFi Lossless product. Whilst there is a noticeable difference in audio quality with Tidal there's certain functionality missing that endears me more to Spotify. 

Putting the 'Lossless' factor aside the things that stand out for me with Tidal are the inclusion of video, for me personally, this is a complete waste and clogs up the Stream of albums and tracks available within the app/desktop Beta. If a subscription of pure music minus videos was available and the videos hidden from sight, excellent! 

Secondly, albeit they 'recommend' different artists differently, I believe, but could be wrong, that Spotify uses algorithms etc based upon your listening habits to recommend artists and albums whereas on the flip side, Tidal use, what appears to be, a cookie cutter approach recommending the same new artists to everyone. On a number of occasions its pushed me back to the 'Discover' element of Spotify which seems for all intents and purposes to know with fairly good accuracy as to what albums and artists may be of interest to me.  

There are still a few artists I like that are missing in tidal too, or at least their most recent releases.  

For example I recently had the pleasure of being followed by Tess Henley , within Spotify a much greater catalogue including her recent album was there whereas in Tidal the catalogue wasn't as encompassing. 

I found the same to be true of Sabrina Malheiros whose work I've followed for many years now who has such an incredible voice and was hoping to experience listening to her music in Lossless format. 

Additionally I'm surprised the Mac Desktop app for Tidal is still 'Beta', whilst one would hope the majority of its revenue, as it stated at relaunch, was more about benefitting the artists, a desktop app that was more stable and less 'buffery' would be appreciated for the increased price point.  

So at the and of my time utilising both formats, and despite the noticeable increase in quality gained within Tidal, for the moment at least, I may very well just be staying with Spotify for the simple reason that more artists are available, more of their work, and current work at that, is available for me to listen to. 

I will miss the increased quality in Tidal, however as it stands currently, the cost doesn't out way the benefits currently for me.  

Just my two cents worth of these two platforms so far.  


But aside from that, if you're in the market for a new system or simply wish to upgrade I can't recommend more the Monitor Audio lineup nor the patience, knowledge and help you'll receive from Acton Gate Audio.