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    Tidal and MQA

    Tidal kicks MQA to the curb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Tidal kicks MQA to the curb.

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    I bet they did the math and realized they could save money.

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    Seems Tidal set a date of 7/24 to have all MQA tracks gone. I'm confused though as new albums show up every week in MQA. Then Linbrook is teaming with HD Tracks to create a new streaming service that will have MQA. That seems to be a fools errand. Who wants MQA so bad to jump to a new streaming service? Maybe Bluesound users. I suppose it depends on what the new service looks like and cost. Then how fast will the new service show on other aps like Aurender or Lumin if at all.
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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    Maybe it’s unnecessary. MQA was about preserving sound quality in a smaller format. I’m assuming we all have uber fast internet, so I doubt I will notice a larger file size coming through.


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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    On another forum a member is using a streamer that I'm going to have to go back and find the name of. He and another member using the same unit/os-whatever are still seeing 24/96 and 24/192 on the albums I no longer see in mqa on my roon.
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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    Tidal are idiots.
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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    Open source software beats a proprietary format. Lots of lessons to be learned here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W9TR View Post
    Open source software beats a proprietary format. Lots of lessons to be learned here.
    It was all smoke and mirrors anyway.
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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    That's why I am confused, Aurender using Conductor v3 is still showing MQA 96k albums with new releases showing that way every week. Maybe it's just business as usual until someone hits a button. My DAC has the MQA decoding so that could have something to do with it as well. I suppose I will get my answer down the road.

    Quote Originally Posted by steve59 View Post
    On another forum a member is using a streamer that I'm going to have to go back and find the name of. He and another member using the same unit/os-whatever are still seeing 24/96 and 24/192 on the albums I no longer see in mqa on my roon.
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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    I know you are a fan of MQA. Just curious if you would move to the new streaming service that will carry MQA once it's in place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    I know you are a fan of MQA. Just curious if you would move to the new streaming service that will carry MQA once it's in place?
    A new streaming service that will carry MQA? LOL

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    You and those who liked your post show your ignorance and if you would have read the link I posted you'd know. In fact, I believe I even mentioned it in my prior post.

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    A new streaming service that will carry MQA? LOL
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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    There is humor in anyone thinking another streaming service will breathe sustainable life into MQA.
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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    You and those who liked your post show your ignorance and if you would have read the link I posted you'd know. In fact, I believe I even mentioned it in my prior post.
    I've been a HD Tracks users ever since it started. And one caveat to this possible partnership for HD Tracks handling MQA, is this " Albums based on either DSD, MQA or Surround will be downloadable only in their original format." . So if a MQA album came from a CD I guess per HD Tracks, this MQA file will be in not MQA but CD Quality for download..
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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    I know you are a fan of MQA. Just curious if you would move to the new streaming service that will carry MQA once it's in place?
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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    " Lenbrook (owner of PSB, NAD, Bluesound and, since September, MQA) announced it was joining forces with HDTracks to launch a new MQA-powered hi-res service to rival Tidal, Qobuz, Apple Music and Amazon Music. So MQA streaming does live on..."

    I think the quicker this service can get into place the better the chances. Hopefully there will be enough fans to give it a go.

    Tidal also dropped 360 Reality, Sony sure seems to be hit and miss with the formats they have. I think Apple will keep it alive though, at least from the impression I get from Apple maniac friends, LOL

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    I’m hoping the format isn’t dead. MQA managed to work wonders with the soundstage on much of the hi rez stuff. It was easier to describe when I could compare back to back and there was enough mqa that I couldn’t tell from flac that I understand why there’s doubt. There’s a half a dozen mqa recordings I’d purchase right now if HRA was available here
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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    It was all smoke and mirrors anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve59 View Post
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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    " Lenbrook (owner of PSB, NAD, Bluesound and, since September, MQA) announced it was joining forces with HDTracks to launch a new MQA-powered hi-res service to rival Tidal, Qobuz, Apple Music and Amazon Music. So MQA streaming does live on..."

    I think the quicker this service can get into place the better the chances. Hopefully there will be enough fans to give it a go.

    Tidal also dropped 360 Reality, Sony sure seems to be hit and miss with the formats they have. I think Apple will keep it alive though, at least from the impression I get from Apple maniac friends, LOL
    I am not a user of streaming services; therefore, I assume my opinion is fairly minimal if not completely useless . However, one of my biggest fears is that if this "partnership" goes forward I fear that HDTracks may take a huge overall hit.

    HDTracks is one of the best sources for digital downloads. I purchase many many downloads from them and fear that if they lose a bundle in this "partnership" it might hurt their digital download side of the equation as well. MQA has proven, several times now, that although there is a small vocal following, it has not been a money maker for anyone who has become partnered with it.

    Also, my personal experience with MQA is that I did give it a good listen to see if, for my needs, it is worthy. It was not.

    An artist I am acquainted with was a very early on adopter of DSD as an improved digital format. He recorded his albums in DSD. He has stated in no uncertain terms that DSD is the most "analog" sounding digital format. Sounds the closes to when he is performing live. I 100% concur with his assessment. He is also a proponent of MQA and has made his catalog available in MQA. He likes MQA for portable and streaming use because DSD is simply not a viable option for streaming.

    He sent me some of his albums in MQA format so that I could compare them to the DSD version. My Astell&Kern player has two very good DAC chips built in (ESS and AKM). I can choose between them. It is capable up to DSD256 and also does full MQA. I also have a very high-quality balanced cable for my Abyss headphones. Either chip can work through the balanced outputs. My comparison opinion is that while MQA sounded good and is certainly better than the "Redbook" quality that most streaming services offer, it does not compare to DSD when listening to locally stored files.

    Since I do not stream, and all of my digital side of my system is played using Roon and HQPlayer, MQA simply is not worthy. I purchase my music and play it through my system from locally stored files and carry a considerable amount on my portable as well (both PCM and DSD files).
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    Re: Tidal and MQA

    I hope that everything doesn’t just go back to 16/44 but bet that happens on a lot of albums. I’d be surprised if studios ever allow full catalogs on 24/192.
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    “replaced by the highest quality FLAC version that has been distributed to TIDAL”

    Funny how it does t say hires or not.
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    I just joined HDtracks and so far the catalogue looks like tidal comparing titles to available resolution and format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crwilli View Post
    There is humor in anyone thinking another streaming service will breathe sustainable life into MQA.
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