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In Reply to: RE: About those Dragonfly DACs... posted by creativepart on April 06, 2017 at 15:05:02
Here, according to Robert "Fan Boy" Harley, it is clear as day:
MQA's Unexpected Twist
by Robert Harley | Jan 12th, 2017
The announcement on January 5 that Tidal would begin streaming MQA files (and suggestions that many other streaming services would soon follow suit) was accompanied by an unexpected twist—that MQA decoding can be performed in music-player software rather than exclusively in an MQA-compliant DAC.
That is, you can listen to decoded MQA with your existing DAC.
MQA had previously asserted that MQA decoding would take place only in MQA-equipped DACs. Although technically possible to perform MQA decoding in music-player software such as Tidal, Roon, Audirvana, etc., MQA prohibited that scenario in part because software decoding doesn't deliver the full sound quality that MQA is capable of. MQA is an end-to-end system that ties together the analog-to-digital converter in the studio with the digital-to-analog converter in the listener's playback system. Software decoding, in which the "unwrapped" MQA file is output as a 96kHz/24-bit stream, doesn't allow this end-to-end connection because the software player doesn't know what DAC it is driving. The full implementation of MQA (decoding in a DAC rather than in software) offers better performance because it can correct for known limitations and flaws in the particular DAC chip, among other benefits.
Convenient how they changed the story? Why? DAC manufacturers were telling them to go take a hike.
According to my Audirvana 3.0X desktop software, when a decoder DAC is recognized - my Meridian Exp2 is recognized automatically - only the bit perfect file, not one software unfolded, is delivered to the DAC.
There also seems to be DACs that are not full decoders but can "render" a higher resolution from a software unfolded file. And lastly there are also those that receive some but not as much enhancement from a software unfolded file because their DAC is neither a decoder nor a renderer.
That's how I read the description anyway.
But it seems many believe the whole thing is a lie. Not just a lie but a damned lie.
It has not gone unnoticed that some of the people that are more vehement in their opinion of the whole thing are also people selling either DACs or High Rez files for download. Who can blame them. MQA is getting more attention and traction than you'd expect from such a false product.
Add to that a great many that have never heard a decoded MQA file - EVER - but nonetheless know it's a lie and a fake.
I'm going to try to be open minded about it. I have it. I like it. I works for me. Other than that I have no skin in this game.
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