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In Reply to: RE: "...I don't see the benefit of worrying about size of files."....... posted by Steve O on March 19, 2017 at 10:41:58
MQA's raison d'Ítre is to give Meridian control over a big chunk of music distribution so they can get rich on royalties. There is something in it for the music labels too, namely a form of DRM. I'm sure the likes of Warner, Universal, and Sony hate the fact that the only way they can sell us yet another copy of Miles Davis or Fleetwood Mac right now is to put DRM-free downloadable LPCM files on sites like HD Tracks. I don't see anything in it for the consumer though.
Which is likely to give us better sound, a hi-res PCM file losslessly compressed with FLAC, or the same file lossily compressed with MQA?
The best case for MQA is that the data it loses isn't musically important and most people in most cases can't hear the loss. But you could say the same for MP3 and any other lossy codec.
My mobile phone connection on AT&T is sufficient to handle up to 10 simultaneous streams of raw, uncompressed 24/96 PCM. And my cable connection at home is 2-3 times faster than that. And compressing with FLAC cuts the required data rate nearly in half. MQA cuts it nearly in half again, but so what?
I don't see how I as a music consumer benefit from adopting another lossy compression format when there really isn't any need to save bandwidth. Especially when it's a proprietary format that requires a licensed decoder. It's taken a long time to get past MP3 and get the labels to offer downloads and streams in open, lossless formats. I don't want to go back.
I don't think you are alone.
"... only a very few individuals understand as yet that personal salvation is a contradiction in terms."
...I have trouble understanding MQA's value to me as a consumer. If there is value, the controversy and MQA's inability so far to get a marketing type handle on it has obscured that value.
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