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In Reply to: RE: Depends... posted by Isaak J. Garvey on March 29, 2017 at 19:50:53
What folks have on their shelves are CDs.
What TIDAL and other lossless streaming services are streaming is 16/44.1 Lossless FLAC. What they are calling 'CD Quality'.
Like it or not, the bulk of all music currently sitting on consumer's shelves are on CD.
Yes, folk do download Hi-Rex, and they do, on occasion, purchase an odd SACD or two. I have a hundred or so. Some like myself have thousands of LPs but not many folks do.
OK, kids are streaming and downloading MP3 files, but that's a different topic for another day.
So all MQA has to do to justify its existence is better the Redbook CD.
Because Redbook CD is the existing standard. Redbook CD is the format that is currently in the the hands of the bulk of consumers, NOT the master file.
MQA does not have to meet master file sound quality (how could it if it's a 'lossy' codec?) because the 'average' consumer will NEVER hear a master file.
All it has to do is sound better than a Redbook CD.
Some audio reviewers say it does(but who trusts them). ;-)
TIDAL's MQA MASTERS sound better to my ears than TIDAL 'HiFi' (16/44.1 Lossless FLAC) with the Meridian Explorer USB DAC.
Better than a ripped CD on the same computer with the same Meridian USB DAC?
Don't know, haven't tried it.
On the plus side, MQA seems to have given you something to live for, so there's that.
"All it has to do is sound better than a Redbook CD.
Some audio reviewers say it does(but who trusts them)"
It does both streamed from Tidal to a non MQA dac and also to a Meridian Explorer2. The non MQA dac is the Audio-GD Master 7 But I doubt you trust me.
Apples to apples would be to rip a 'good' CD and play it back using the Meridian Explorer 2 DAC then use the same computer that contains the ripped CD to stream the MQA Master version via TIDAL using the same Meridian DAC.
Then stream it using the software decoder that is part of the TIDAL Player to the MASTER-7 (or Master 11, I have both) and compare THAT to the above AND to the rip using either or both of the above Audio-GD DACs.
No, haven't taken the time to do all of that even though I have all the gear needed to do it.
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