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    MQA Discussion

    There is a very detailed Q&A with Bob Stuart discussing MQA on the Computeraudiophile site that was just posted. This is going to take some time to plow through.
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    Re: MQA Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by still-one View Post
    There is a very detailed Q&A with Bob Stuart discussing MQA on the Computeraudiophile site that was just posted. This is going to take some time to plow through.
    I think this is the link:

    http://www.computeraudiophile.com/co...-s-bob-stuart/
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    Re: MQA Discussion

    Thanks. I wasn't sure if links to certain sites was appropriate.
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    Re: MQA Discussion

    The new May/June issue of The Absolute Sounds has a very large article on MQA... actually the cover story. I have not read the story yet.
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    Re: MQA Discussion

    My impression of the Absolute Sound article: I want to believe but it sounds too good to be true. Even if it was true, will the industry adopt it?

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    Re: MQA Discussion

    For those attending T.H.E. Show Newport Beach check out MQA in room 1201.

    That's it folks. That's all I know. I searched the room number and no other exhibitors were listed.

    Meridian will be in rooms 1248 & 1249.

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    Re: MQA Discussion

    Does anyone know if MQA will be available for listening at AXPONA? If so, who is presenting the technology? It looks to me as if the obvious host, Meridian, is not holding court this weekend in Chicago.
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    Re: MQA Discussion

    Exhibitors that will be demonstrating MQA at AXPONA are detailed here for your reference.

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    Re: MQA Discussion

    So I'll start the flame then. There are two things I don't like about MQA:

    1. The MQA file is not the same as the hi-rez pcm/DSD master that the recording studios don't want to let out of their vaults. This means they can hold on to their "precious" and not let the "perfect recording" out of their hands. The MQA DAC will take an MQA encoded file and produce the output equivalent of the hi-rez pcm/DSD master, but you can't get that in digital format, it's only available at the analog output. So the studios have another format to push on people and not let go of the real high quality recordings.
    2. The MQA DAC is intended to light up a LED or some other indicator that says the signal is verified as the same as the master, thus the name Master Quality Authenticated. This is nothing more than a gimmick in my book. Any signal/file that is not doesn't get the little light or LED lit up. So what? Who cares? Really, is this what consumers have been reduced to as idiots who crave a stupid light telling us that only their special DAC chip can convert the signal into the equivalent of the original master? I mean, really.

    MQA may sound great, but it's catering to the studios by giving them an intermediate format to release that is not DSD/WAV/Hi-Rez/etc. I don't like that they think consumers are stupid enough to not see through the gimmicks and shenanigans the studios are constantly throwing at us. The entire claim to fame of the format is that it's "smarter" and can account for sound travelling through air as the previous filters were unable to do. So why not just do what is right for everyone and make that high-rez signal available throughout the chain? I don't get the need to not give access to the full file and only make it available at the analog output and so I can't trust they have the consumer's interests at heart.

    Maybe I am just so burned by the industry that I can't see altruism -- so please enlighten me if you believe otherwise.
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