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According to the Wiki article linked below, MQA was announced in December 2014. How many audiophile DAC makers are onboard with MQA today, and how many have announced support for it that we know of for future DACs? I can count them on one hand but I haven't kept up so I'm asking.
"While the technology has received little comment in the general and mainstream press, it has been exalted by the audiophile and hi-fi press. Robert Harley, editor of The Absolute Sound has referred to it as "The most significant audio technology of my lifetime". Editor John Atkinson writing in Stereophile magazine following the UK launch in December 2014 wrote "In almost 40 years of attending audio press events, only rarely have I come away feeling that I was present at the birth of a new world."
No surprise here from the usual audio press in need of a new revolutionary toy to write about but how many DAC manufacturers have been sucked in so far, and how many are signed up for MQA in their future?
I also wonder how many will holdout and for how long. At some point even the ones that reject MQA on a technical basis may be forced to get onboard with MQA as the marketing hype reaches critical mass. I don't think we're there yet.
it has features I wouldn't use tho, Phono and Headphones.
I wish they would make a stripped down version w/o that.
this page would supply the answer, but it really doesn't.
Visit the Mark Levinson website and I cannot find any mention of MQA support with their No.519 player .
Visit the Moon website and the comparison chart makes no mention either.
The same is true with Krell .
All I could find about dCS was this dated communication .
" The current situation is that our development team have prototyped an MQA solution inside a dCS DAC but this "software only" mode of enabling MQA has hit some challenges. We are working with the MQA development team to identify solutions to these technical challenges and this work may result in us changing our architecture from software only to a hybrid software and hardware solution. "
Lots of names listed that don't actually offer products. Go figure. :)
Mark Levinson had a big MQA sign on one of their pieces at the Munich show. I didn't have time to investigate further but it seemed clear that ML have MQA support ready or imminent.
dCS were actually demonstrating their MQA solution via a Rossini on day one of the show. So their work on it seems to be complete.
Quite a few other manufacturers were indicating an MQA commitment but I now cannot remember who.
Of course items will be on show at major shows like Munich which are scheduled for release later in the year. Those items will not appear on the manufacturers' web pages until they become available to customers.
Not hooked up or anything though.
I'm guessing that most have at least committed enough to be working in the background (slowly, of course) in order to see how all of this shakes out.
I am doubting (but do not know) that Meridian is charging up-front fees to DAC manufacturers just to work on MQA solutions for their various products, especially those development.
It's still "future technology". Companies will continue to support it in increasing numbers, to buy now would mean adopting current associated digital in devices. When it becomes commonplace, you will benefit from whatever DAC advancements accompany the MQA support. Being an 'early adopter" is an expensive way to approach solutions.
definitely not there yet, here's my internet speed test image...
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