I’m also keep to hear how Tidal compares to audiophile cd’s ripped to JRiver? Though I note you can also listen to Tidal though Jriver - https://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/WDM_Driver Apropos the above, does anyone know if Roon be linked to Jriver?
I will one day add a high end server/streamer linked to my Vitus’s excellent dac & rip my library (hence adding a better media player such as JRiver). Ultimately I could see myself listening to a mix of cd's, rips, streamed albums via Tidal & internet radio for background listening.
I use Tidal with Ethernet interface and Amarra with USB. With the RIGHT USB interface, I found Amarra to be better. I use a Mac Mini with El Capitan OS, but I use an older version of Amarra. Found it to be better. Maybe it's the Amarra version you are using.
What playback app are you using with Tidal and USB?
iTunes is your weak link. Years ago, I switched from Audirvana using iTunes to having it read the tracks. The next weak link is using usb. No matter what tricks you do to usb, it’s atill flawed. The next weak link is having a computer in your audio room. I moved away from a Mac mini running audirvana 2.x years ago to a dedicated streamer, the Auralic Aries which was a big sq improvement. A year ago, I moved away from the Aries to using roon with a ps audio DS dac with the bridge II and couldn’t be happier.