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In Reply to: RE: MQA-Encoded CDs Are Coming posted by srl1 on March 22, 2017 at 12:52:22
Were I to 'rip' an MQA encoded CD to my hard drive and then played it back using say iTunes to an MQA enabled DAC (Meridian Explorer 2) would I get the same MQA benefit as if I played it on a regulars CD player/transport, fed to an MQA enable DAC?
My brain hurts after trying to work this one out.
I think that the answer lies in whether the rip makes a true bit for bit copy of all of the information on the disc. Normally ripping software does not actually do this (for example it doesn't copy the track text information, ISRCs etc, at least as standard). So, in general, I suspect the rip will give you a 16/44.1 file as if it were a normal CD rip. Actually as MQA is lossy I suspect the result will really be less than 16 bits.
However if there was a kind of "pass through" option on the ripper , for example like the "Defective by Design" feature in dbpoweramp then you might end up with a file that contains all of the information for decoding via MQA.
Of course as you can (in this case) also download the MQA file from the label's website why rip it? However why download an MQA encoded 16 or even 24 bit file aside from saving a little time when you could easily download the original file e.g. 24/192 ? Outside of streaming I have difficulty understanding the purpose of MQA.
Still I don't think we will know for sure until someone tries ripping an MQA encoded CD.
"Of course as you can (in this case) also download the MQA file from the label's website why rip it? However why download an MQA encoded 16 or even 24 bit file aside from saving a little time when you could easily download the original file e.g. 24/192 ? Outside of streaming I have difficulty understanding the purpose of MQA."
Millions of posts, positive and negative, have been cluttering up the bandwidth here since MQA was first introduce by Meridian. Yours above might be the first one that makes any sense at all.
OK, maybe a couple of mine. ;-)
Just got the cabling necessary to hook the Meridian Explorer 2 that inmate 'Bullethead' which gives me chance to now try the Meridian Explorer into the pre-amp input to my Audio-GD Master 11 DAC/Headphone Amp and my Senheiser HD-600 balance cabled headphones. This is a headphone amp with a full 9 watts output in balanced mode! REALLY the best headphone amp I've yet to hear.
There is something to this MQA stuff irrespective of the measurements, missing bits, LOSSEY CODEC and all the rest.
About the best I've heard TIDAL sounding using my current headphone/headphone amp set up, at least on the recording above. And MAYBE but not sure, better than the 16/44.1 Lossless FLAC version of the same CD streamed using my Audio-GD Multi-bit ladder DAC to decode. Current setup take WAY to long to reconfigure to do a quick A:B so it may take a while to know for sure.
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