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In Reply to: RE: A CHORD DAC Review, or more MQA PR? posted by Isaak J. Garvey on May 22, 2017 at 18:47:03
The main and biggest flaw is the fact it is 'proprietary'.
The reason Cd succeeded was it had international standards, and everyone agreed to it from day one.
HDCD was a fail (I own a DAC with HDCD, and maybe five HDCD discs. LOL)
SACD was a fail (Sony COULD have just made every single CD in their entire catalog dual CD/SACD. Did they. no. FAIL FAIL FAIL.)
MQA is also a fail.
Until some fool makes something better that is also an international standard most folks agree upon.. all these stopgaps and pigs in a poke are gonna go belly up PERIOD.
Please though, waste your money on them... Maybe someday someone will actually succeed
CD succeeded because the masses could easily see that it was demonstrably different. The masses respond to paradigm shifts, not incremental changes. Think 78-> LP; Tube-> SS; LP-> cassette; VHS-> DVD; TV box-> flat panel.
Everything else represents differences at the margin of demand, not wholesale changes in the medium or product area.
MQA will likely fail, or remain on the periphery of the market because it is proprietary (as you correctly point out), and its benefit(s) may or may not be real. In fact we don't really know anything about it except that the process manipulates digital data, and you have to pay to play.....and it may provide more content control in a streaming world.
We must continue to wonder why the audiophile press has not in any way addressed the issues you brought up. Not ONCE.
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