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In Reply to: RE: INTERNET BLIND TEST: MQA Core Decoding vs. Standard Hi-Res Audio posted by Archimago on July 15, 2017 at 08:21:46
If an MQA capable DAC isn't required for your test, which one was used to decode the MQA "original resolution" as recommended by 2L, et. al.?
That would be my question
If you just downloaded sample MQA files from the 2L site and play them you are getting no MQA decoding. How are you accomplishing at least the 1st level of decoding like Tidal software does?
In the past, he has used the Tidal app and captured the decoded 24/96 stream on playback.
How did he 'capture' the stream? As a digital file directly out of Tidal, or analog output to his own A/D?
He was capturing the PCM stream out of the Tidal app. I'd have to go back and read through blog posts to see exactly what he did, but there are multiple ways to do this. On a Mac, for example, check out Rogue Amoeba software ( https://rogueamoeba.com/ ). There's similar stuff for Windows, e.g. TotalRecorder. Or if you have a sound card with digital inputs and outputs you can use a cable to connect an output to an input.
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