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In Reply to: RE: "MQA is trying to be the preferred format for hi-res"... posted by AbeCollins on July 19, 2017 at 09:11:09
For those of us that only stream and can hear some improvement in sound from MQA then I want it. If you don't need it fine. So why talk about it?
My comments were regarding MQA making little sense is in reference to paid downloads, MQA vs Hi Rez files. Abe was just agreeing
Streaming, where the choices are 16/44.1 Lossless FLAC vs. MQA is a valid use-case for MQA in my opinion.
That's why my original post above stated that a better comparison might be 16/44.1 Lossless FLAC vs. MQA.
The only case I can see for MQA is streaming, and it's a bit of a weak case at that. Downloads? No need for MQA at all IMHO.
"it's a bit of a weak case at that."
Only if you don't think it sounds better
Especially in the case of streaming, where MQA costs no more than 16/44.1 Lossless FLAC and to my ears sounds better.
you don't truly know what's being compared. Or do you?
Are there solid examples of MQA streams that are also available as non-MQA in hi-rez, both from the same master?
I'm already convinced that there's no need for MQA downloads so the only place for comparison might be streaming.
Whether an newer release (2015) like the above, or a re-mastering of an older release (DOORS 50th Anniversary edition for example).
Tidal and QOBUZ both include release dates so if the album cover is identical and the release date is exactly the same and I stream the Lossless FLAC then the MQA Master I am pretty sure both came from the same master.
Most of the recent MQA stuff that I see in the classical catalog on TIDAL (and there isn't much) is stuff Warners is also re-releasing in CD(and paid downloads). A quick glance over at AMAZON usually confirms this.
Warners seems to be releasing a lot of old Erato stuff that they own. If it's recent and ends up on TIDAL a lot of it is also available in MQA. Again, release dates match for Lossless FLAC, MQA and the same album sold on AMAZON so I'm again guessing it was all taken from the same master, old tapes or re-mastered, who knows?
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