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RE: MQA vs HDCD

Good description. These 2 were more 'talked about' than fully-developed systems.

Other formats promised better sound and made it past the 'talk' phase:

-Open-reel tape -late 1950s. Better sounding than LP, but weak market demand =not many issued recordings. Playback equipment was costly. Gone by the late 70s.

-DAT -late 1980s. Timed just right with LP fading (in mass-retail), demand still wasn't there. And it wasn't much better sounding than LP, the standard at the time.

-DSD -as heard on SACD. Lasted 17 years, so far, but most issues are sourced from high-bit PCM files. Even in DSD, sound quality was not an improvement over CD (although at first, with cheaper players, it seemed to be better).

Then, for more than a decade after its release, SACD-layers couldn't be ripped to file format. There was never a 'killer app' and with file sizes 30 times larger than 16/44, would never be offered as download or stream.

-High-rez downloads. Not an actual format but taken as such. Many of these were simply upsampled CD. But even the real ones struggled to sound better than CD. Some were clearly better -but this was likely due to a new mastering. And especially if the CD version was not mastered correctly itself.




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