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

    Rob, I could care less if it sounds "like the Master" maybe it does, maybe it doesn't, who cares? What I care about is enjoying listening to music. I happen to love listening to music via vinyl, but even love Tidal and it's selection and ease of use more so. Now with Tidal/MQA that definitely, TO ME, sounds a LOT like vinyl, it's nirvana, again FOR ME, other than now it's the waiting game until there is an abundant supply of music on Tidal that has been MQA'd.

    If you want to argue the point of MQA sounding more like the original master, then that's a different argument and I for one have no interest in that debate or discussion, I will be too busy listening to Tidal streaming MQA titles.....that sound like vinyl, again to me.
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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 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.
    All of the audio boards are filling up with praise for MQA. The first album people hear and suddenly they are hooked. It must be the digital equivalent of crack cocaine. Maybe Rob is onto something with MQA being some sort of DSP manipulation. Hard to believe another digital format that is lossy is somehow superior to a true hi-rez file. MQA is the Swiss Army Knife of digital. It even has hospital corners on the information that it's tucking in. It fixes the flaws in the original A/D converters used to make the recording, it compresses the file, and it has a light that lights up on the Meridian DACs to let you know your file has been authenticated by the original recording engineers even if they are dead. And, it's making people rant and rave. Must be something to it.
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    All of the audio boards are filling up with praise for MQA. The first album people here and suddenly they are hooked. It must be the digital equivalent of crack cocaine. Maybe Rob is onto something with MQA being some sort of DSP manipulation. Hard to believe another digital format that is lossy is somehow superior to a true hi-rez file. MQA is the Swiss Army Knife of digital. It even has hospital corners on the information that it's tucking in. It fixes the flaws in the original A/D converters used to make the recording, it compresses the file, and it has a light that lights up on the Meridian DACs to let you know your file has been authenticated by the original recording engineers even if they are dead. And, it's making people rant and rave. Must be something to it.
    Mark, my suggestion is that you hear it for yourself and see what you think.
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    The more choices we have the better. To borrow a phrase, Enjoy the music!
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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, I could care less if it sounds "like the Master" maybe it does, maybe it doesn't, who cares? What I care about is enjoying listening to music. I happen to love listening to music via vinyl, but even love Tidal and it's selection and ease of use more so. Now with Tidal/MQA that definitely, TO ME, sounds a LOT like vinyl, it's nirvana, again FOR ME, other than now it's the waiting game until there is an abundant supply of music on Tidal that has been MQA'd.

    If you want to argue the point of MQA sounding more like the original master, then that's a different argument and I for one have no interest in that debate or discussion, I will be too busy listening to Tidal streaming MQA titles.....that sound like vinyl, again to me.
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    Anyway, I'm not interested in buying a DSP processed file that needs a special DAC to play it. Might as well buy a bsg qol to do my own processing in that case, and not be restricted to MQA titles. If I like Tidal and decide to continue paying them (which I might do just to support the idea of high-quality streaming audio), then taking advantage of MQA where it is offered (which doesn't cost me anything) makes sense.
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    Mark, my suggestion is that you hear it for yourself and see what you think.
    Bob-The idea of paying money to an all you can stand to hear digital streaming service goes against my grain, but because of all the wild hype, I just might sign up and hear what all the fuss is about. It's still not clear to me how you can play back an MQA file in all of its glory if you don't have an MQA DAC.
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    Mark,

    At least you can hear it in most of its glory, like I do. If it gets better with an MQA DAC, oh boy, I can't wait!
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    Bob-The idea of paying money to an all you can stand to hear digital streaming service goes against my grain, but because of all the wild hype, I just might sign up and hear what all the fuss is about. It's still not clear to me how you can play back an MQA file in all of its glory if you don't have an MQA DAC.
    Tidal has integrated software decoding into their desktop app, which you MUST use for playback. TBD if you're going to hear MQA in all of its glory, but it's certainly a step up from the Redbook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by audiophil View Post
    Tidal has integrated software decoding into their desktop app, which you MUST use for playback. TBD if you're going to hear MQA in all of its glory, but it's certainly a step up from the Redbook.
    And that's my point. Color me confused on what you guys are really hearing without having a DAC capable of decoding MQA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    And that's my point. Color me confused on what you guys are really hearing without having a DAC capable of decoding MQA.
    Software decoding that assumes you are using a generic DAC. Still improves the music but you are not getting all of the potential benefits.
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