@robelvick Re: Tidal remote control for a Windows pc - with Masters playback.
A Windows 7 laptop is dedicated to my rig where it permanently lives on the equipment rack. It has the Tidal desktop app. The laptop is hardwired to a streamer via a short USB cable. By my listening chair, I have Windows Surface RT tablet that functions as wireless remote control. It works perfectly. This approach guarantees that the Tidal Masters will play on your system - assuming that you have MQA on your streamer and/or dac. This set-up also supports playing HD quality audio from any website.
A Windows Surface RT tablet can be picked up very inexpensively on Ebay since it was discontinued long ago. Both units have the Windows Remote Desktop app baked into their operating systems. Simply call up the app on each unit and connect them. When first initiating the Remote Desktop app on the dedicated laptop, BE SURE to check that the sound output is not remote controlled. Otherwise, Tidal will play on the Surface speakers. On the Surface RT, create an icon for the app on the desktop. Check SAVE settings. From then on, you don’t need to log-in every time. But, you do need to click on the icon on the Surface to open up the app to start each listening session - if you turn off either unit. This works great for all Windows pc’s. (The Remote Desktop app from the MS store doesn’t work.) Enjoy!