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In Reply to: RE: Early listening impressions of Tidal MQA posted by ahendler on January 07, 2017 at 16:58:45
Seems that, for the bucks, the Meridian DAC is a pretty good little USB powered portable DAC?
Some more info from Steven Stone at CES
"Steven Stone L. Brown a day ago
Currently either you get 96/24 from the App's decoder or you let your MQA DAC do the decoding. I have to think that some manufacturer will come ouut with a USB to SPDIF convertor with MQA decoding built in. It's a natural for all those with DACS than can handle higher resolutions but lack MQA.
Then you could put a MQA decoder in front of the Master 7 and get 24/192 resolution
There's a 2L Norwegian album on Tidal, software decode 88.1khz, with the Meridian Explorer 2 much higher bypassing software decoded just into MQA. The lights indicate it.
Very cool, would be impressive if this little DAC would rival my main setup, however more electronics are needed. Blue light is on, MQA and very high resolution, I'll also be fiddling with this cool gadget.
Looks like software limits to 96khz with tidal software decoding, my chain of electronics sound better with that than the Explorer 2, but I am not making judgements yet,
Good to see MQA take off.
Dang, there be some 'Classical' on that album.
Gonna get our 'bullethead' all cultured up here :-)
I was the first person to let everyone know about radio.cesnet.cz when they figured out how to stream FLAC over a decade ago.
I am all cultured, yes. Just choose to stay with my people, the deplorables :)
And for that we are eternally grateful!
Yes,it really surprised me how good it is at any price
I think when Absolute sound reviewed it in there MQA issue I think Hartley said when playing MQA files it sounded the same as there $18000 CD/Dac player
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