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In Reply to: RE: There's no free lunch posted by Charles Hansen on May 22, 2017 at 16:57:53
"If one believes that bit depth is the most important parameter, this would not be much of an improvement over a standard Redbook (44/16) file. On the other hand if one believes that the sampling rate is more important (as do I, as it allows for much gentler, less destructive filters), then there is a benefit."
What would we do without you 'smart guys' to explain this stuff in a manner that even us lame audiophiles can understand?
And while one could argue (and MANY here DO) that the resulting file is NOT indistinguishable from the original Hi Rez master from which it was derived, that's hardly the point if the only other alternative to the consumer is a 16/44.1 FLAC version of the same recording.
And agree it's great to have the option of streaming 'hi rez' from QOBUZ in the form of their Sublime+, should it ever make it to our shores.
Again, thanks for the most eloquent of posts on a subject which has been much abused on these boards.
Edits: 05/22/17Follow Ups:
The question that up for grabs is whether MQA's solution is the best for your needs. While it allows for a "gentle" digital filter on the playback side, it requires that one start with a true high-res file and then discards a significant part of that resolution to maintain a constant streaming bandwidth, and also requires the purchase of new hardware.
When streaming true high-res files (as with Qobuz Sublime+) one can have their cake and eat it too. The full 24-bit resolution is maintained, one doesn't need any new hardware, and if they like the sound of a "gentle" digital filter, they can buy one of many DACs that provides that option.
One thing to note is that the digital filter has a noticeable impact on the overall sound quality of any digital product - along with a couple of dozen other factors. There are many companies that have expended considerable resources to develop their own custom digital filters that they believe outperform the one mandated by MQA. Obviously you as the end customer have the final say as to which you prefer.
" Sublime+, should it ever make it to our shores."
If ever indeed. Qobuz' expansions plans this year involve adding Italy (done) and Spain and Poland later in the year. That will give them a reach to 7 EU member states by the year end. Only another 21 to go! Then there is the rest of Europe. Of course if their contracts with suppliers defines "EU Member States" for the contries to be served and not country by country, which I suspect could well be the case as this is typical these days in our single market, then not only will the USA not be supplied but I will lose my UK connection when we Brexit.
NB: the "free sample" playlist from Qobuz for Sublime + appears to offer mainly 16/44.1 files which is weird in the circumstances. There is one 24/44.1 file. I have queried this with them and await their response. I thought that my DAC's display may have been misbehaving but, no, 16/44.1 is shown in the Qobuz app itself for these tracks.
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