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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    I have to say that I'm hearing some amazing music with these MQA Masters from Tidal now. I've enjoyed the heck out of the original CD quality streams, but now with just the desktop app and USB straight to my DAC, it's a new ballgame. Am I falling for the "hype"? It's real, not vaporware anymore. I cannot wait for the higher end DACs to fully embrace it, sky's the limit.

    Already with just the Tidal app doing the conversion, the stereo image size is huge, not only left to right, but top to bottom and in depth too. The music feels a little more natural with better separation, tremendous air and better defined bass. I'm hooked. My music "collection" just got a whole lot more fun for no extra money. How is that not a win? I'm looking forward to the future even more now. 2017 is turning out to be amazing. Tighten your seatbelts boys, this is getting exciting.

    Oh, and I'm not going to buy something with the promise of MQA or some feature not realized in a shipping product. I've been burned before. It has to be included from the beginning.
    I have to say that comments like this (which are common) keep me very skeptical about MQA. Unless posters are exaggerating tremendously, this doesn't sound to me like something sonically closer to the master recording, it sounds like DSP "improvement", which inevitably means some listeners will like it and others won't. Perhaps more pertinent, it implies that some other engineer's DSP "improvement" might be preferable for any given recording on any given system.
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    Some albums seem to sound better, or respond better (?), than others. I like what MQA does, whether it's closer to the master recording or not, I'll never know. It's a hellofa lot better than MP3's, so color me happy. I still have my hi-res pcm and dsd files, MQA just gives me another option. Contrary to popular belief and even though I've been trough a lot of gear, I am not that picky (so maybe that's why I like MQA) and love the music, no matter how I hear it.

    Remaining skeptical is good. It keeps everyone honest. I like MQA, truthful or not, I am embracing it.


    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    I have to say that comments like this (which are common) keep me very skeptical about MQA. Unless posters are exaggerating tremendously, this doesn't sound to me like something sonically closer to the master recording, it sounds like DSP "improvement", which inevitably means some listeners will like it and others won't. Perhaps more pertinent, it implies that some other engineer's DSP "improvement" might be preferable for any given recording on any given system.
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    Play this MQA Master version on the Tidal desktop app or through USB into an MQA enabled DAC and then, tell me what you think.


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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    Did you compare it to the recently released remastered 96 KHz version. The high res download is fantastic!
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    I have to say that comments like this (which are common) keep me very skeptical about MQA. Unless posters are exaggerating tremendously, this doesn't sound to me like something sonically closer to the master recording, it sounds like DSP "improvement", which inevitably means some listeners will like it and others won't. Perhaps more pertinent, it implies that some other engineer's DSP "improvement" might be preferable for any given recording on any given system.
    Rob, have you personally heard the new MQA/Tidal tracks?
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    I'll check it out.

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    Did you compare it to the recently released remastered 96 KHz version. The high res download is fantastic!
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhapsody View Post
    Rob, have you personally heard the new MQA/Tidal tracks?
    I don't currently have Tidal, but I'll probably try it this week just to check out some of the MQA stuff. If I hear the kind of differences you all are describing, I will continue to be skeptical of MQA, for the reason I alrready posted. That wouldn't necessarily stop me from listening to Tidal using MQA, but it would definitely keep me from buying anything MQA encoded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    I don't currently have Tidal, but I'll probably try it this week just to check out some of the MQA stuff. If I hear the kind of differences you all are describing, I will continue to be skeptical of MQA, for the reason I alrready posted. That wouldn't necessarily stop me from listening to Tidal using MQA, but it would definitely keep me from buying anything MQA encoded.
    Rob, it will be interesting to hear what you think after a listen. If it sounded as good as any digital that you ever heard and a LOT like vinyl listening, why would you still be skeptical???
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    A really good way to test the validity of MQA being "closer to the master" would be to use recordings from something like Blue Coast Records or Soundkeeper (Barry Diament's label), because those companies are specific about 1) giving you exact digital copies of the master recordings, and 2) telling you what equipment they use, thereby allowing the listener to use the exact same model DAC in his/her own system. According to MQA's hype, the MQA file played through almost any MQA-DAC should then sound "identical" to the hi-res file playing through the DAC the record label used. FWIW, I don't see Blue Coast or Soundkeeper having anything to do with MQA, but we'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhapsody View Post
    Rob, it will be interesting to hear what you think after a listen. If it sounded as good as any digital that you ever heard and a LOT like vinyl listening, why would you still be skeptical???
    See above post. If MQA can't pass that "test", you are essentially just getting another remastering of whatever album you choose, using Meridian's choice of remastering tools.
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