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    MQA now on Tidal

    TIDAL Launches New ‘Master’ Audio Feature


    New York/London/Las Vegas, 5 January 2017: Global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, today has announced the availability of ‘Master’ quality recordings. A wide variety of content from labels and artists, including Warner Music Group’s world-renowned music catalogue, is now available in Master audio across all of TIDAL’s available markets worldwide.

    TIDAL has integrated MQA, the award-winning technology that enables this innovation, and has offered it to all TIDAL HiFi tier subscribers under a new ‘Master’ listing. Initially available on desktop, a wide range of recordings are already available and the collection will grow rapidly.

    “TIDAL is committed to bringing members closer to their favorite musicians and offering MQA sound quality will allow subscribers to hear music just as it was recorded in the studio,” said a TIDAL representative. “We’re thrilled to bring master quality sound to our members.”

    Mike Jbara, MQA CEO, said, “TIDAL is an artist-centric music company. We could not be more excited that they share our vision of having fans hear the authentic performance of their favorite music.”

    Visit TIDAL.com/Masters to learn more, non-members can sign up for a complimentary 60-day trial.

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    Re: MQA on Tidal

    Looks like there is NO price increase. Wooo Hoooo!
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    Re: MQA on Tidal

    I sure hope Lumin decides to get on board with MQA. That would be icing on the cake.
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    Re: MQA on Tidal

    Looks like I got my Aurender N10 and Meridian 808v6 at the right time! Should have my system up and running by March. Can't wait!!


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    Re: MQA on Tidal

    Blue Coast Music's response:

    Music and Audio for Fine Ears

    Midweek News

    This week's rebates and discounts can always be found at:
    Blue Coast Music Newsletter
    http://bluecoastmusic.com/holiday-gift-certificate

    Hi friends,

    The Gift Certificate program continues through January 31, 2017.
    http://bluecoastmusic.com/holiday-gift-certificate
    Some of you have mentions smaller and larger certificates... write to us and we will try to accommodate.

    Nick Phillips, Jenny Maybee, Jenna Mammina and Rolf Sturm are in New Orleans at the Hyatt participating in the Jazz Education Network Conference. Sounds like an exciting event!
    http://nickphillipsmusic.downloadsnow.net/haiku
    http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow...ecial-event-37

    Last week we had a great response about data and costs of uploading changing. Some suggested moving to Tacoma, Interesting that many of you suggested we sell MQA downloads because the file size is smaller. Actually, the issues we face were not about our customers downloading music.... it's about uploading multitrack music masters for archiving and storage.

    That said if MQA is an interesting topic. We would consider selling MQA downloads if you, our customers presented a viable demand. Truthfully, the folks at MQA haven't made it easy for small labels to get information and rumors run rampant about the cost of licensing the MQA technology. If you have information, let us know.

    We sell the original formats as recorded ... and if that's DSD256, all the better. MQA is not a recording format the way DSD is. MQA downloads will never sound as good as what we're already selling.. it might sound different and our customers might like it... but better than the original masters? Not likely. When I can have the technology at the studio to do a proper comparison, I'll report back to everyone.

    Brian Moura sent a link to me this morning from computeraudiophile addressing the question... are DSD and MQA vaporware formats?

    Here was my response at computeraudiophile....

    _The difference as I see it between DSD and MQA are this... DSD is a recording format. MQA is not. Those devoted to DSD recording are probably not soon going to give that up. DSD recording was available long before the downloads were available to consumers. _

    _Blue Coast is agnostic when it comes to selling formats of music to customers... we sell what they want to buy... but we're clear when recording that Blue Coast Records uses DSD or analog, no PCM. That's my choice. _

    _When we're selling a DSD256 file to a customer from BlueCoastMusic.com or Downloadsnow.net it really is a copy of the master. All other formats are converted from the DSD256 master. Conversions are not perfect copies. The question is... does anyone really care about perfect copies? _

    _Based on buying habits of our customers, I would say "no". Most people buy on convenience as to what their DAC is. Still, there are plenty of people who seek the quality of DSD256 even at higher prices. _

    _Is there a market for DSD downloads? Right now, yes and it's growing. _

    If your company business model is to grow huge and sell off the company, then catalog size matters. Blue Coast is not looking to compete with the biggest catalog of music, just do the best work we can.

    We won't be giving up DSD anytime soon.

    We'd love to know your opinion! Send an email to support@bluecoastmusic.com
    Enjoy your music!
    Cookie Marenco
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    Re: MQA on Tidal

    Still not ready to purchase a MQA DAC until I see if there are any ( I mean more than a couple/few ) artist I enjoy and like.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't MQA supposed to sound better on a non-MQA DAC than Redbook?
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    Re: MQA on Tidal

    Yes and I thought DSD was originally an archiving format.

    Who's on first?


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    I am playing the Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly" album from Tidal thru my Sooloos/808v6. I sounds marvelous. Now looking for the other 160+ titles they added today.
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    I am very surprised at how varied the initial offerings are. There is something for everyone and it will take days for me to choose which ones I might add to my SooLoos library.
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