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In Reply to: RE: MQA-Encoded CDs Are Coming posted by srl1 on March 22, 2017 at 12:52:22
If I were to get excited about the prospect of MQA encoded CDs (unlikely), I would not be encouraged by a single release of music written by a minor composer played by unknown artists on a boutique label which is available only in Japan.
Furthermore there are no CD players AFAIK with MQA decoding. So it is only playable with full MQA decoding to those with a transport/DAC combination where the DAC features MQA. I think we are talking a very small potential user base here.
I suspect this will be as succesful as double sided CDs ( remember those?).
While I don't disagree that there is a limited audience for this to begin with, those that might be interested in MQA CDs already have the DAC with the decoder or are planning on buying one anyway.
One of the failures in the audiophool world is always that the best sounding discs/records/recordings are always of some obscure piece of music that nobody would really put on. I was at a show a few years back where the sales guy (and it is always a guy) was extolling the virtues of these hugely expensive speakers, and the gazillion dollar amp. He spoke for about 10 minutes, while a crowd of people waited to hear. He then proceeded to play a piece of medieval flute/pipe music that was on some audiophile recording. Half the crowd walked out. It could not have been any less interesting. Later at the same show, I'm in a room with some less expensive equipment and the guy puts on Hotel California. Half the people on the floor crowded into the room. Love it or hate it, at least the song is something we all know.
" those that might be interested in MQA CDs already have the DAC with the decoder or are planning on buying one anyway. "
Maybe but they also need to have a CD player/transport for this. Reading the three specialised digital boards here I get the impression that many, if not the majority, of DAC owners seem to have got rid of their silver disc players and rely soley upon computer music files and streaming.
Of course this title is also available as a download for those DAC owners who have a PC/Mac/streamer source which also reduces the justification for such an encoded CD.
I agree with every word of yours in regard to those ridiculous audiophile recordings. OK I am guilty myself of owning a couple from my ill advised youth. I think of all of those foolish guys (always guys) with such a "great" vinyl based hifi system that they only wanted to play direct cut discs and Japanese pressings on it. Fortunately there are less of them now as a hifi system is no longer of aspiration to the general public and they have probably moved on to whatever is now of fashion.
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