I also tested the new 24bit streaming. It seems it's available in Roon too (although not sure if Roon includes MQA decoder). But there are some albums in both 16bit and 24bit options available. I used Roberta Flack's Killing Me Softly initially
And you know what? 16bit album sounds better, by far!
Then I listened to Fleetwood Mac and, again, 16bit FLAC was better. 24bit sounded veiled and compressed. 16bit had higher resolution, was more 3D / holographic and had better energy. It was overall more natural and realistic sounding. In my opinion the new 24bit streaming could be beneficial in entry level systems where additional control and smoothness will likely make the listening experience more enjoyable. But for high end systems 16 bit true CD format sounds a lot better than 'lossy' 24bit flac.
Thanks for your assessment, Marcin!
I checked the sounds again with the album "Boys Don't Cry" by Rumer in both normal one and the "Master" one. To me using TIDAL Desktop App., "Master" one has clearly higher channel separation than normal one. The differences are very large that non-audio mania can easily tell. I asked my daughters and they could tell the differences, although they are not usually interested in sound quality. Not only the separation, but the main vocal is more highlightened.
However, I am wondering if the improvement seems artificial, or not. I admit that most TIDAL listenners would appreciate the improvement, anyway.
Marcin, I think that your assessment was done with Roon system. I do not have Roon system. Could you try TIDAL Desktop App. in which MQA decorder is embeded? It can be easily downloaded on the link in my first post. Please make sure that you follow the tips in my 3rd post, and confirm that your DAC says 96kHz is played.
Although "Master" sounds better than normal, "Master" is far behind JPLAY sounds.