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In Reply to: RE: MQA-Encoded CDs Are Coming posted by srl1 on March 22, 2017 at 12:52:22
My whole issue with proprietary formats like this is they *never* take off. Anyone remember HDCD? Anyone? Wasn't that supposed to be great?
But it wasn't. Most people didn't have the players or the DACs to really take advantage of it; and when they did..it wasn't that much of an improvement.
Besides, I know a lot of "audiophiles" who claim that anything over 44.1/16 and HD in general is bogus....so that even further reduces the market.
Sounds like another way for a company to milk money out of people.
"Sounds like another way for a company to milk money out of people"
Nobody is forcing you to buy anything. I don't like hi-rez downloads so I don't buy them But I don't care if others like them. I don't understand the uproar over MQA. If enough people want it it will survive at least for a while. If not it will go away.
There is a LOT of stuff out there in 'Audio World' that I have but a passing interest and ZERO desire to invest.
If others are willing to spend their money and try to move the box down the road, good on them!
I have a passing interest in MQA as I subscribe to TIDAL. The few albums I have had a chance to compared in both the HiFi and Master versions, with and without MQA, using just the OS-X TIDAL Player doing the decoding on my MacBook Air, seem to show an improvement in SQ with MQA. As long as TIDAL doesn't try to charge a premium for this additional step up in sound quality (small as it may be), why should I complain?
Then inmate 'Bullethead' sends me his Meridian Explorer 2 to try and it seems to work as well; with a noticeable improvement when comparing HiFi vs. Master versions of the same title.
I need a different cabling (on order) to do a true A:B with my Audio-GD DAC using the same balanced headphone and the Audio-GD Headphone Amp with both DACs.
Should I send inmate 'Bullethead' a box of cigars for the Meridian DAC?
Small price to pay, says I.
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