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

    I'd like to take advantage of MQA for the easiest and least expensive way. What do you guys plan to do or not do regarding MQA?

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

    If you look at some other boards many people are using the Tidal ap to output MQA via USB to their audio set-up. Whether you are getting all of MQA's benefits is still to be answered. Nonetheless they are pretty positive in their response.
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    Thanks Jim, that's what I'm doing now. I wasn't getting the full benefit before. I had to check "exclusive mode" to get the highest resolution from the desktop app. All in all, I'm happier with the results and don't feel the same need to get an MQA dac until it has some time to settle down and sink in to the mainstream.
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    For me personally I won't purchase a DAC without a statement from the vendor on MQA. Yes or No for example. However, after the Tidal announcement and playing back MQA content I'm very pleased as to the potential this has. I would assume a high end DAC like a DCS, EMM Labs with MQA hardware decoding might be even better than the software only.

    I was skeptical at first with MQA but, hope the big name Digital Audio players, release some kind of official statement as to their hardware support.

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

    I doubt I would consider a MQA DAC at this point because the ones in the affordable ranges are lower level on standard PCM and DSD, such as the Brooklyn which uses the ESS9018 mobile chip (like my Pono uses). The Meridian, like Jim has is in a different universe for most people.

    The word is that Roon will eventually have software decoding. At that time I may check it out.

    Or alternatively, if they release a separate inexpensive MQA decoder that can be used in conjunction with existing DACs then I might be interested in trying it out.
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    Re: So, does the introduction of MQA change/alter your plans going forward?

    I am highly skeptical of MQA and am amazed at how much traction it continues to get. So to answer the original question - I have no plans to do anything with MQA at all.

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

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

    dCS has said they will offer a software upgrade to their DACs for MQA sometime in the future. The DACS use FPGA's so it doesn't appear any hardware update will be required.

    I signed up for the Tidal 60 day trial using the regular Tidal Redbook output via the dCS upsampler app. I have to say I'm not impressed. Someone else on the forum here said all the processing in the world can't make up for a bad recording. I have to agree. Can you sort on Record Labels in Tidal? That might be a help if you can just pull up the albums by the guys who know how to make an audiophile grade recording (Channel Classics, 2L, Opus 3, etc)

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cincy2 View Post
    dCS has said they will offer a software upgrade to their DACs for MQA sometime in the future. The DACS use FPGA's so it doesn't appear any hardware update will be required.

    I signed up for the Tidal 60 day trial using the regular Tidal Redbook output via the dCS upsampler app. I have to say I'm not impressed. Someone else on the forum here said all the processing in the world can't make up for a bad recording. I have to agree. Can you sort on Record Labels in Tidal? That might be a help if you can just pull up the albums by the guys who know how to make an audiophile grade recording (Channel Classics, 2L, Opus 3, etc)

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    You have an amazing system. However, to my knowledge in order to get software MQA decoding from Tidal you must be using their desktop application (Windows/Mac).

    Run the USB from the computer straight into your DAC. Using the Tidal App please make sure your DAC is using the "exclusive mode".

    Please let us know.

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

    Once your DAC is upgraded, the Aurender will handle MQA. Aurender is on board with MQA. We are hoping the Aurender software which can handle MQA will be released this month. The beta version is rocking and rolling, so now it's just a short wait.
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