My suspicion is that it’s your better digital front end letting you hear the difference. Qobuz is pretty consistently better sounding than Tidal on my system. And has been that way since I signed up.
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First, Qobuz offers some higher than red-book resolution files.
Beyond that, my own measurements, using MusicScope, suggest that the HIFI files of Tidal, which are advertised to be red-book quality, fall below that standard. They are far below using a browser, and somewhat below using their app.
I have no interest in their MASTER files, manipulated by and for the propriety MQA.