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Wich one to buy looking for budget MQA decoding thank you in advance for your input
Thank you for your input I'll go with the meridian just to get a taste of it
Tney are two different types of device as far as MQA is concerned.
The Explorer provides full MQA decoding. The Dragonfly is only a renderer which means that the first unfold ( to 24/96kS/s) has to be done externally e.g. by the in-app decoder in Tidal. The Dragonfly will undertake the following two unfolds ( if available - however most hi-rez is 24/96). The Dragonfly upgrade also unlocks the DAC to process data up to 24/768 if MQA is present, should you ever come across the latter data rate :-)).
I don't know it I would let MQA or no dictate my DAC selection, but I can say, MQA or no, the Meridian is a pretty decent sounding piece for the $$.
Your welcome, glad you found a use for it, I didn't need it since I cancelled a Tidal a few months ago. Glad it found a good home. I thought the Meridian sounded ok, I could definitely hear a difference with MQA as well. It is a nice unit.
I only see a few mid level DACs that support MQA now, such as the Mytek, I think that's how it is spelled.
There is the expensive Meridian Ultra DAC that is supposed to be a reference, over $10,000 I think,
Reason I gave up so quick was my budget for DACs is about $3k, and the options weren't there and I don't have patience to wait for more Tidal releases from other labels, plus playing Black Sabbath, the Doors and Bjork over and over again didn't justify a jump into the MQA bandwagon right now, well at least a few months ago during that early adopter experiment.
We will see how it takes off, it does sound good. With the right DAC I would definitely say excellent, content is king however.
The Ultradac is over $20,000
how do you like it?
The Explorer2 is a decent dac but it is what it is, a $200 dac. My Master 7 without MQA sounds way better than the Explorer even with MQA files
MQA on a cheap dac is still a cheap dac
I am happy with my Auralic Vega myself.
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