Finally got Spotify sounding great on my main system

MikeO

Active Member
I have always liked the features of Spotify best of all the streaming services, especially their ability to seemlessly integrate into Sonos and Amazon Alexa environments and their Spotify Connect feature. But it always sounded terrible on my main system. As a result I was using Tidal and then moved to Amazon Music Unlimited when I started using Echo Dots for voice control in the house. Both seemed to sound much better on my main system. I figured I wanted to try Spotify again as Tidal seems to have not enabled Alexa support in Canada (which bothers me because I pay for both Amazon and Tidal services) and Amazon Prime does not seem to integrate with Sonos directly here either. There were work arounds for Amazon Music but I really liked everything about Spotify better except that it sounded terrible.

I know many here have complained about poor sound on Spotify and described it as flat and two dimensional which is exactly what I was experiencing. I was using the windows desktop client for spotify and carefully checked the settings to ensure that it was streaming at its highest level and that the feature for equalizing songs to equal volume was turned off and they were. Still sounded like crap. Got reading about an equalizer which I could not see. Then I read that the desktop client did not support the equalizer so I downloaded the Android client. When I did, it showed all of my settings were on automatic rather than set for the highest quality. Essentially the settings showing in my Desktop were not correct. Set them on the android client to their appropriate settings and now the sound quality is great. It would seem that for some reason the desktop client was not updating the Spotify account correctly. At any rate, I am now happily enjoying Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section on Spotify for the first time ever on my main system.
 

MikeO

Active Member
How do you use an Android App on a window machine? Is there a special install?

I used my android phone. Originally I had done all of my Spotify settings on my windows desktop machine. When I played spotify on my main system it was thin sounding, nowhere near as good as even Amazon Music. I figured there must be something wrong but the settings were correct on the desktop software. So I decided to install the android app on my phone and check the settings in there. When I did, they did not match what I had chosen in the desktop software and had the quality settings on automatic (rather than best quality) and had the volume equalization feature turned on (instead of off). Once I redid the proper settings in the android app, Spotify sounded much much better. All I can think of is that the desktop client was not updating my spotify account correctly for some reason.
 

MikeO

Active Member
Well after listening to Spotify for a few days I have come to the conclusion that it still doesn't sound as good as any of the other streaming services I have tried. It was better than it had been but still left me not wanting to listen to music for very long. Sounds noticeably worse to me than Amazon or Tidal. So I decided to email Tidal support to see if there was anything I could do to get Amazon echo device support in Canada and they confirmed it is only available for the US at this time.

So now I am trying Deezer which works on both platforms in Canada. They have a hifi tier which plays lossless like Tidal and they even have some of my favourite Steeplechase albums that I couldn't get on Tidal. So far this is looking like a better solution for me. I just refuse to pay for two different streaming services so I can stream the same music to two different systems in the same house.
 
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