There's a new streaming service coming for "discerning music fans" from the people behind MQA

koshka

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Such a shame 😒

I really thought the end was near for MQA. Oh well, I guess snake oil products never go away.
I expect we have another user here who has never heard a MQA track played on a high quality system which can natively play MQA and is just jumping on the bandwagon of misinformation.
MQA CD's are an excellent source of high quality sound as anybody who has taken the trouble to sort out a proper stereo to play them on will testify.
 

cryanhorner

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it might sound great, but i'm worried it'll be too niche. it's annoying using a streaming service that has limited catalog and isn't used by anyone you know, so sending someone a link to a track/album/playlist you want them to check out is useless, etc. it's a drag building a playlist in say, Qobuz, and then having to run it through some app to try to transpose it to Spotify before I can share it with anyone else I know (and inevitably only about 60% of the tracks actually copy over accurately).

until top quality sound is standard on the more ubiquitous streaming platforms, these little services are going to keep starting up and fading out the same way so many social media platforms have, because the environment doesn't lend itself to there being a whole bunch of different incompatible services. there's a reason digital platforms have a tendency towards monopoly, it is easier when everyone is using the same system just like the world would be easier if everyone spoke the same language.

i've tried being the only person i know using Tidal, Qobuz, Apple Music, Youtube Music, etc, and while it sometimes sounds better, it's still too isolating and frustrating to be the great experience that was promised.
 

Curt

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I expect we have another user here who has never heard a MQA track played on a high quality system which can natively play MQA and is just jumping on the bandwagon of misinformation.
MQA CD's are an excellent source of high quality sound as anybody who has taken the trouble to sort out a proper stereo to play them on will testify.
It's not the sound of MQA I don't like, it's the marketing lies it was built on. Advertised first as "Lossless" and now advertised as "Better than lossless"

It's marketing lies I don't like, not the sound.
 

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