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MQA is the devil

Surly Sid

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MQA is the devil in audio.
It lowers sound quality, and compresses files. It is a lossy format.
It only exists to give that Bob Stuart, of the failed Meridian Audio a pension fund, so that he doesn't have to borrow money from his wife.
NO TO MQA!
 

millennia_one

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My biggest problem is you still have to have certain DACs to achieve a full unfold. And for that reason if it carries on the way it is, it will never become mainstream. Other than that the fist unfold that I listen too through Audirvana sound fantastic. Comparing a hozier wasteland baby to my locally stored flac file and the MQA (first unfold) stream, the tidal stream of it is more airy and faster And certainly a lot fuller.
 

EricLeRouge

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Nonsense. Unless something in the reproduction chain adds or substracts information to the original MQA data, there is no evidence whatsoever of a MQA ‘signature’ added to the sound.

I would, however, be concerned about watermarking in some hi-res files (which has an audible effect on the musical signal), in particular with mainstream pop-rock titles from the the major studios which were originally mastered for DVD-video and DVD-Audio, and later Blu-Ray, and now posted on streaming platforms.
 

Jimboo

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It is no more the devil than the promises of the myriad of other formats and hardware are cast iron guarantees of audial nirvana.
 

Romulus

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MQA is the devil in audio.
It lowers sound quality, and compresses files. It is a lossy format.
It only exists to give that Bob Stuart, of the failed Meridian Audio a pension fund, so that he doesn't have to borrow money from his wife.
NO TO MQA!
This has refreshing cynicism so it has a little attraction for me, plus I have no idea how MQA sounds or works.......
 

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