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In Reply to: RE: AQ finally updated the Dragonfly - MQA is here! posted by RJeff on May 18, 2017 at 08:04:31
I was talking with AQ today at High End Munich. It turns out that MQA decoding is only available if another processor does the first unfolding (to 24/96). As that software is only available on desktop apps ( e.g. Tidal, Audiovarna) then portable MQA via the Dragonfly seems not possible. Which is odd logic as I guess that many (most ?) Dragonfly users are portable users connecting it to phone or tablet. I also think that currently the majority of hi-rez is 24/96 being a common recording standard.
The Dragonfly will then unfold higher data rates and will unlock the DAC to process up to 24/768.
Right. You have to leave MQA Passthrough unchecked on Tidal. The first unfolding takes place in the desktop app.
I use mine with my Mac at work (AudioEngine 2s on my desk - I'm fortunate to have a private "office" (it's really a large closet) for my tech work) and for fun occasionally with my main rig at home.
Honestly, the DAC on my LG V20 sounds damn good all by itself; I did not find the SQ improved using a USB OTG cable.
So I'm happy to have some sort of MQA now; I'll be comparing it to a Meridian Explorer 2 soon.
"Decaf is for cowards."
I'm listening right now on my iMac. I first turned pass-through on, and my MIDI setup showed 24/48. I then turned it back off and it now shows 24/96. I'm listening to Eric Bibb on Tidal masters. I'm surprised AQ didn't put up some instructions for the best way to configure this for Tidal, considering that's most people's source.
I want to play through my main system now, but that requires some setup again. I'm traveling tomorrow so I don't want to pull out the MB Air.
This Eric Bibb album on masters is one of my faves lately. It sounds really good at hi-res. Another one is Christine and the Queens. A poppy French/English group with very deep bass.
And I use mine at home, at work, and in the subway. That's why I like it, I can take it everywhere.
The way you described Christine and the Queens made me think that my girlfriend would really enjoy her/them. I just put on the self-titled album ... and sure enough! Thanks for the recommendation :)
anything to keep the wife/girlfriend happy... We've got to keep them interested in our hobby.
Maybe I'll put that back on after a listen to Greg Allman. RIP.
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