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    MQA what's the big deal?

    On different fora I have seen MQA topics explode. Easily reaching 10+ pages.

    As far I understand MQA is a bit like a ZIP file so that FLAC streaming takes up less bandwith. Also there is a lot of discussion if MQA is lossless or not.

    I have no Tidal, Qobus, or Spotify. Should I care about Tidal at all? Or is it like DSD a lot of hot wind but very little content.
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    I have most of the streaming services and like each one. If you have not heard dsd done properly, you really need to get a demo. Right now Tidal with a decent selection of MQA titles in addition to the regular cd quality streams is wonderful. Hearing MQA even though the desktop app at 24/96 or slightly below is a treat. If you have already made up your mind, please try and listen or get the free trial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeinid View Post
    I have most of the streaming services and like each one. If you have not heard dsd done properly, you really need to get a demo. Right now Tidal with a decent selection of MQA titles in addition to the regular cd quality streams is wonderful. Hearing MQA even though the desktop app at 24/96 or slightly below is a treat. If you have already made up your mind, please try and listen or get the free trial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mordante View Post
    On different fora I have seen MQA topics explode. Easily reaching 10+ pages.

    As far I understand MQA is a bit like a ZIP file so that FLAC streaming takes up less bandwith. Also there is a lot of discussion if MQA is lossless or not.

    I have no Tidal, Qobus, or Spotify. Should I care about Tidal at all? Or is it like DSD a lot of hot wind but very little content.
    Very little DSD content? Hahahahaha. You are sooo wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wisnon View Post
    Very little DSD content? Hahahahaha. You are sooo wrong.
    Okay where are all the 10th of thousands DVD albums? if I may ask. Native DSD has about 1100 albums. HDtracks has maybe a few hundred albums.


    Even hires PCM is very rare. I have I guess between 600 and 1200 albums. I doubt there are more then 5 of them available on DSD or more then 50 on 24/192.

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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mordante View Post
    Okay where are all the 10th of thousands DVD albums? if I may ask. Native DSD has about 1100 albums. HDtracks has maybe a few hundred albums.


    Even hires PCM is very rare. I have I guess between 600 and 1200 albums. I doubt there are more then 5 of them available on DSD or more then 50 on 24/192.

    https://www.discogs.com/user/mordante/collection
    Ever heard of a PS3 ripper? Ever heard of vinyl rips? Ever heard of HQP upsampler? Of course you have. DSD is now really a PLAYBACK format. Anything can be PCM or DSD now. The most impressive track I have of the thousands I have is a needle drop at DSD128.

    JRiver Catalog says I have about 2 years of continuous listening of my music collection which is about 60% DSD.
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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by wisnon View Post
    Ever heard of a PS3 ripper? Ever heard of vinyl rips? Ever heard of HQP upsampler? Of course you have. DSD is now really a PLAYBACK format. Anything can be PCM or DSD now. The most impressive track I have of the thousands I have is a needle drop at DSD128.

    JRiver Catalog says I have about 2 years of continuous listening of my music collection which is about 60% DSD.
    Hi Wisnon, what is the album of that 128 DSD needledrop?

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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Michael Jackson Thriller, perhaps?


    Quote Originally Posted by Narayan View Post
    Hi Wisnon, what is the album of that 128 DSD needledrop?
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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by wisnon View Post
    Ever heard of a PS3 ripper? Ever heard of vinyl rips? Ever heard of HQP upsampler? Of course you have. DSD is now really a PLAYBACK format. Anything can be PCM or DSD now. The most impressive track I have of the thousands I have is a needle drop at DSD128.

    JRiver Catalog says I have about 2 years of continuous listening of my music collection which is about 60% DSD.
    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.
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    Re: MQA what's the big deal?

    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).
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