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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    MQA is PCM, only with compression and DSP (to attempt to mimic the original ADC > DAC the artist and mastering engineer heard) applied. It may be a gimick, or it may be a true advance in home audio reproduction of digital recordings (or perhaps both).
    Have you formed an opinion yet Rob on where MQA stands in your digital hierarchy?
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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Narayan View Post
    Hi Wisnon, what is the album of that 128 DSD needledrop?
    Just one track of the 45 single.

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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mordante View Post
    Not wanting to start a format war.

    For me DSD a dead format. Yes I have heard of HQP resampler. Vinyl rips and PS3 ripper is new for me. As far as I just read PS3 ripper is for SACDs. Well I never bought any SACDs.

    DSD is a niche within a niche within a niche within a niche

    audiophile==>into streaming==>into computer audio==>into DSD

    My streaming setup is

    NAS==>Streamer==>DAC

    Since I have a multibit DAC DSD is of no interest to me.

    Not saying DSD is bad. Just different compared to PCM. Same when I heard PCM vs MQA just different.
    I want it all. Just like in the cassette days. I want Chrome/metal/ferrous, etc. No restrictions.

    My Dac has an R2R PCM converter and 2 dac chipless DSD converters.
    MQA is treated PCM, and DXD is ultra hi-rez PCM.

    Unless you heard DSD done right, you won't get it. The ready chip approach has disappointed too many people and gave them a false idea. Would you judge PCM by a shitty Dac chip, now that you are used to your multibit converter?
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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by wisnon View Post
    Unless you heard DSD done right, you won't get it. The ready chip approach has disappointed too many people and gave them a false idea. Would you judge PCM by a shitty Dac chip, now that you are used to your multiunit converter?
    We all have a right to our opinions on DSD versus PCM and now MQA when as you say, done right.
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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by wisnon View Post
    I want it all. Just like in the cassette days. I want Chrome/metal/ferrous, etc. No restrictions.

    My Dac has an R2R PCM converter and 2 dac chipless DSD converters.
    MQA is treated PCM, and DXD is ultra hi-rez PCM.

    Unless you heard DSD done right, you won't get it. The ready chip approach has disappointed too many people and gave them a false idea. Would you judge PCM by a shitty Dac chip, now that you are used to your multiunit converter?
    I suspect you are correct.

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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    Have you formed an opinion yet Rob on where MQA stands in your digital hierarchy?
    After a lot of listening to albums of which I also have hi-res downloads, I'm very curious to hear some of them through a MQA-DAC. The MQA files usually sound different (by varying amounts) than the traditional hi-res; if that is improved (rather than just made different) by the final step of having a MQA-DAC, there could be something worthwhile here. It will also be interesting to see if Warner's encodes their entire catalog by this spring, as Stuart claimed they will have done (in an interview last year).

    The Mytek Brooklyn is probably very similar to your current DAC (with the addition of MQA), but I'd really like to see a ESS 9038 based MQA-DAC if I'm going to buy a new one.
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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mordante View Post
    I suspect you are correct.

    However funds did not allow me to buy something like your DAC. Thus I wanted the best IMHO I could afford. Which resulted in my R2R DAC.
    Mordant, I heard the same magic with a Lampi L4 DSD only Dac. Used they run for $2K or less.
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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by still-one View Post
    We all have a right to our opinions on DSD versus PCM and now MQA when as you say, done right.
    Jim, when did I contradict that?

    On the contrary, I said I want it all, if possible.
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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by wisnon View Post
    Jim, when did I contradict that?

    On the contrary, I said I want it all, if possible.
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    I apologize if I misunderstood your point and took it to mean that you felt DSD "done right" was the pinnacle of digital audio. You have every right to believe that just a I believe PCM and MQA done right take no back seat to DSD.

    Like you, I want the choice to pick and choose from all available formats. I have no plans to duplicate my library just because a new format is made available. I will selectivly purchase those I want to own and if Tidal is successful I will have access to unbelievably great sound for those I can live without. This is a great time for music lovers.
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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Question: with Sony records on board, is MQA the final nail in DSD's coffin?

    Discuss.


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