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In Reply to: RE: MQA sounds incredible, and a warning, need it now! posted by bullethead on January 09, 2017 at 17:08:51
Has anyone compared the sound of MQA to the same music via an linear PCM on a Non-Oversampling DAC? I'm curious as to the subjective similarities and dissimilarities of MQA versus NOS sound.
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My main dac is an Audio-gd master 7
MQA files without decoding streamed from Tidal sound better than non MQA files of the same recording. My master 7 is set to NOS operation
Thanks, for your reply, Alan. Just so that I'm clear:
You compared MQA encoded music, versus linear PCM music, both via an NOS DAC. But you haven't yet compared MQA enoded music decoded by an MQA DAC, versus linear PCM via an NOS DAC?
I have compared Tidal MQA streaming under every possible condition. I have posted results elsewhere on the asylum. In summary a MQA tidal file sounds better than the equivalent non mqa file sent to any kind of device whether it decodes mqa or not. You asked a specific question concerning nos dacs and I answered that specifically
I'm trying to understand this. Sorry in advance. To me it sounds like you are saying that streaming MQA from Tidal to a non MQA dac sounds better than streaming Tidal to a DAC that is MQA ready like the Explorer 2 ?
I am not saying that. MQA files streamed to a Non MQA dac sound better than a 16/44 flac file sent to the same dac. A MQA file sent to a dac with MQA decoding sounds even better
an MQA file streamed via Tidal to a Meridian Explorer 2 and the same performance formatted as 16/44 through your CDT2 and associated DAC? I'm not familiar with MQA or Tidal, and I wasn't pleased with the very basic USB converter on a NOS DAC I had several years ago, so any up-to-date info will be appreciated.
Any format to my Audio-GD Master 7 is better than MQA to the explorer. However MQA to the Master 7 is about the best digital I have heard. And I have heard every format including some very expensive dacs
Ah, yes. That is what I expected. The quality of the DAC is an important part of the equation. It's nice to know that convenient, high quality sound is going to be readily available without having to buy my music collection all over again. I will be looking at a new DAC once Tidal, or whoever survives the competition, has a larger hi-rez offering. The Audio-GD Master 7 is very tempting. Thanks for the info!
Remember the Master 7 will not be made for much longer because they are running out of the 1704 chip. But I notice he is introducing a new entry level dac using a self produced R2R ladder chip. Should be interesting. Also remember if you are into DSD the Master 7 does not do DSD
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