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Another major player in digital says F**k You to MQA:
"This pretty much means we at AURALiC are saying no to MQA. We are no longer interested in their technology. We want to keep everything open but they want to keep it closed. We are not in the same boat. I don't believe the very High End will benefit from MQA as it only degrades sound quality, not improve it."
To add insult to injury, they are going to become Roon certified. The brilliant Bob Stuart passed on Roon. Another great decision from that charlatan.
Edits: 04/13/17Follow Ups:
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"Adds MQA decoding support. Note: the MQA decoding method integrated by all AURALiC streaming devices has been developed solely by AURALiC using AURALiC's proprietary resampling and de-blurring method. This process is not an MQA-created or MQA-licensed process."
It has NOTHING to do with Meridian's MQA.
"Decaf is for cowards."
Above what is presently available/possible? Most audiophiles are not worrying about bandwidth, so how is MQA a boon, here?
Who cares if it is 'as good as' what is currently available? The business model is breathtakingly flimsy.
"... only a very few individuals understand as yet that personal salvation is a contradiction in terms."
A VERY prominent digital designer who wishes to remain anonymous told me that among DAC manufacturers, there are two camps:
1) Those who use the stock digital filters built into DAC chips like MQA.
2) Those who know how to design their own custom digital filters dislike MQA.
It seems that Auralic has recently transitioned from the first group to the second. The designer told me that the MQA filter is better than the average filter built into most DAC chips, but not as good as the best custom filters. Another problem is that by using the MQA digital filter, such DACs will tend to sound more and more similar. Worse yet is with MQA there will be no room for future improvement, as the manufacturer is restricted to Bob Stuart's filter.
Since MQA on Tidal does not cost anything extra over the subscription cost and it sounds as good as hi-rez downloads why pay $24.95 for downloads when you can get them on Tidal.
I do not have an opinion but I heard some pretty good ones.
The biggest plus is that Tidal offer them a no extra cost and the few I compared sounded excellent. But like with everything audio is is a matter of tastes.
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