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In Reply to: RE: Too many assumptions... posted by Doug Schneider on April 06, 2017 at 08:33:09
I have done a lot of comparisons at the 2L site.
What I can say is that the MQA files sound as good as the 24/192 files which is quite an accomplishment. And you are comparing the same Masters on this site
It doesn't surprise me that much that they're getting it to sound indistinguishable. They have a pretty clever compression algorithm that packs a high-res file into a very small one. On the other hand, does it matter? I mean, why do we need to save the space? For streaming over a phone, yes, perhaps -- for now. But for the home -- not me.
More important is what I was reading from numerous writers -- that, sonically, this is far beyond anything we've heard before. Is it? Compressing a file to much smaller and having it be sonically indistinguishable from its larger-sized counterpart doesn't seem like anything that I should be running out to buy.
If MQA sounds "as good" as the 24/192 files, then remind me again why need it? Why is sounding as good "an accomplishment"?
They press hype machine has stated unequivocally it sounds BETTER.
What exactly does MQA bring to the table that an OPEN codec like FLAC does not?
Even if we buy into the ridiculous claim that MQA fixes issues with the ADC AFTER the fact, 2L recordings are purist, with minimal if any post production, unlike the vast majority of commercially available music, which can use up to ten ADC's in the project.
To get 24/192 files you have to buy downloads which are not cheap. I can now get them from Tidal which I was already paying for and using a Meridian Explorer dac I got for $199. . That is an accomplishment
You can't have your cake an eat it too, sorry.
If you believe the MQA files on Tidal are the equal of the original approved 24/192 files, then so be it.
I can tell you first hand they are not.
We all like to think we are getting the keys to the kingdom for $20 a month.
Your opinion. Not mine
By the whey, I understand you work for UMG. Is this true? How come UMG is going to supply MQA files to Tidal?
Ka-Ching. To extract every last dollar from early adapters.
That way I can buy another Ferrari next year. :)
Maybe you're the one who should lose his job.
Pretty funny from someone who got shit canned from TAS and told they were
not good enough by John Atkinson!
Have a great day.
I actually left TAS on my own volition when Robert Harley informed me, that after 10 years of writing for TAS, I would now have to find my own equipment to review. I never contacted him again after that, nor did he contact me. I had already been feeling the rumbles of discontent by one of the big buck advertisers who run the show over there, so I should not have been surprised. Pretty easy to guess the identity of the big buck advertiser I am referring to. Starts with an M.
As for John Atkinson, he's entitled to his opinion. I disagree of course, but give him credit for being honest about how he feels.
I have family living on the west coast and will be headed that way this summer. Are you anywhere near Thousand Oaks?
Can't possibly guess who that advertiser was/is...hmmm
Well, I appreciate your openness.
Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I think, (in other words, in MY opinion) there is no way he thought your writing was sub par, it was strictly cronyism.
I live near Hollywood. This summer I will be logging the miles between the U.K. and New York. If someone does not blow up an airport that is.
Actually, I don't give him credit for that. Lots of credit for other things, but not that. There was no call for him posting his thoughts about that on a public forum.
I've grown a much thicker skin since that email exchange and it really doesn't bother me anymore. Besides, I'm the one who brought it up again years later and JA had the right to defend himself and let the inmates decide for themselves.
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