I'm experimenting tonight with a few things. First let me say computer audio is still very complicated. More complicated than it needs to be, although it is getting better. But, it can be hard to get working right at all and when you do, you can also really foil yourself. Some of the troubles can come in how you get audio to your front end and ultimately your pre-amp and people frequently end up with resolution issues and aren't even aware. For example I can get on the Tidal desktop app and configure it for the highest resolution but if I then send it to my Arcam AirDAC to listen on my stereo I'm getting 16/44.1k because that's all Airplay supports and its also been compressed using proprietary compression for transmission over Airplay. That's going to happen to anything I "cast" over AirPlay regardless of how good the original source is. But I have a few options at my disposal without spending any more money, one of which I had kind of forgotten about and that's kind of where the playing comes in. My Anthem AVM-60 supports DTS Play-Fi. I'm not a Play-Fi expert but its basically a license-able playback and control protocol. Think about Sonos software but not brand specific. It allows you to stream music to a Play-Fi device including local content on your phone or tablet, from compatible NAS devices, and from streaming services. The latter is of particular interest to me because when you stream to a Play-Fi device from Tidal, you can stream in high-res and your phone or table it only a remote control. You aren't "casting" the audio from your phone. So I actually did a three way bake off. Apple Music over AirPlay from my phone to my Arcam AirDAC Tidal high-res over AirPlay from my phone to my Arcam AirDAC Tidal high-res directly to my Anthem The results were pretty stark in some cases, less so in others. The difference between Apple Music and Tidal, both over AirPlay was STARK with Tidal being the clear winner. I am confident I could get a 100% in an AB blind test. I actually need more time to decide if Tidal directly to the Anthem is significantly better than Tidal over AirPlay. What that tells me is that AirPlay is not terrible but Apple needs to step up its audio track quality. Now I've been begging for high-res Apple Music for years because I like the interface and I Already have an Apple Music Family Plan. I've been told I'm pissing into the wind with that wish. Historically I'd have agreed but I'm starting to see the non-niche direct competitors to Apple Music (e.g. Spotify) roll out high-res so I'm hoping that Apple's hand gets forced at some point. I'd also like to see Apple license some high-fi gear to directly integrate Apple Music. Rumor has it Apple is rolling out new "high fi" update to their Airpods, a brand new pair of over the ear headphones, and an updated Home Pod. These plans, if true, may indicate Apple could finally be ready to upgrade the quality of their accompanying music platform.