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RE: Gasp! More Jaws Dropping over MQA in Los Angeles!

I have done as much direct comparing as I can:
Better than vinyl? Not with a good record.
Better than Red book cd on my cd player played through the same Dac? Yes.
Better than a 44.1/16 wav file? Yes.
Better than an SACD on my Marantz player? Really close. Some yes, some too close to tell. Some no.
Better than Hi Rez downloads? I don't own a large enough sample size of downloads to make a judgement.
Better than Tidal without MQA partial decoding? Yes, in every single case.
I usually use Tidal while I'm cooking or to try new music before I buy it. Vinyl for when I can really sit and enjoy music. With the partially decoded MQA I can listen to music the same way I usually do with vinyl. That's not to say that it's equal to vinyl.
I found the MQA demos at Axpona not real useful. My judgements are made with my system in my own home. At this point I would not replace my SimAudio Moon dac but if an update comes available from Moon then I would go for that.
bigshow


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