I agree with Keith and Schiit Audio, and also that there are so much more to hear MQA isn't implemented so in the big scheme of things to me it is a speck in the Galaxy and I really think it does not or will not make any difference to me one way or the other. Now on the subject of pale ales, and stouts and......
Post by bluemeanies on Apr 11, 2018 7:01:02 GMT -5
I have had the ability to listen to MQA for a few months now having purchased a monitor and a Mac Mini to stream TIDAL. To this day I have not bothered with MQA. Maybe I am just lazy. The fact is I am enjoying my system as is and MQA is really not important to ME. Saying all of this I am anticipating receiving a new custom made SP14 tube pre with an external dac. I feel...WHO NEEDS MQA!
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Seems to me that the main purpose of mqa is for some wannabe corporate overlords to gain ownership and control of music distribution. That alone is enough reason for me to shun it and I’m not even a pirate. The other part of this deal with the devil is that music is supposed to sound better. Better than what? Well, the original music of course. More precisely it sounds better than their remaster that you can never be allowed to hear lest you catch a glimpse of the man behind the curtain. No thank you! I’ll stick with bit perfect reproduction of known masters and leave the magic filter sauce to others.
If I were buying a NEW DAC with Streaming capability - I would certainly want it to have the capability of properly-handling MQA AND OTHER existing "mainstream" formats. If MQA Support added a few bucks, but not an "unreasonable" amount - then I'd consider it (I've heard and been looking at Bluesound Node-2)
I would think that a Sound System (and for that matter, the ROOM in which it is installed) would have to be AWFULLY GOOD to really hear a significant difference between MQA and other high-bandwidth, high sampling-rate formats.
But if it had to be SOLELY-MQA, then at this point, "No"
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I listened to MQA on Ayre DAC then listened to the non-MQA version using an ARC DAC and the ARC playing non-MQA was significantly better sounding to my ears. MQA looks like a money grab intended just for streaming, something that I don't do anyway.
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Post by orangeLollies on May 4, 2018 6:14:57 GMT -5
Not sure I buy into the whole MQA sounds better (than 96/24 PCM) and all that PCM 'pre-ring' BS I've read. So for me, MQA is simply a way to effectively stream high-res audio using some fancy folding technique to lower bandwidth requirement. For that, I would pay an extra $50 if it were just a firmware upgrade, as I do have a Tidal account and use Roon for playback. In saying that, if the same high-res streaming efficiency can be achieved using another 'open or free' codec for PCM, then MQA just becomes a waste of money. Unless of course they can PROVE that the MQA render is somehow superior to PCM... but they haven't, which I can only guess is because they cant...
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Then Emotiva can assure the optimum unfolding and processing of the content to provide the best possible performance of the master content throughout the decoding process to analog
Speculating about if either should have MQA is being ignorant of the competition is already providing MQA and the fact that the majority of all of Emotiva’s customers, are purchasing their gear to have access to the best listening experience possible, at a factory direct pricing
Don’t forget the mission this company was founded upon