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Posted on January 7, 2017 at 08:05:03
ahendler
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Could you guys shed some lite on whether tidal actually decodes MQA files and therefor you don't need an MQA dac
Thanks
Alan

 

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RE: Paging John Marks or Kal Rubinson, posted on January 8, 2017 at 07:16:25
Rodney Gold
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The desktop ap does a partial decode in software .. its not quite the full monty where the dacs characteristics are known but its pretty good.
you can check it out under tidal settings / streaming ..hover near your output device and a cog will appear , click on it and you have the option of passthrough MQA .. clicking on or off while you are listening will either pass it thru if on or if off , decode it .. difference is pretty obvious

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RE: Paging John Marks or Kal Rubinson, posted on January 8, 2017 at 08:50:54
ahendler
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Thanks
Why would you use the passthrough?
Alan

 

Can't help., posted on January 8, 2017 at 10:40:54
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I do not use Tidal nor have I tried MQA, yet.

 

RE: "Why would you use the passthrough?"..., posted on January 8, 2017 at 10:44:00
Ivan303
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So you can hear the 44.1/16 Lossless FLAC version without additional processing?

Wonder how the MQA on a non-MQA DAC sounds compared to Amarra for TIDAL on the same DAC?





 

RE: Paging John Marks or Kal Rubinson, posted on January 8, 2017 at 11:58:51
Rodney Gold
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If you have a MQA dac , you use pass thru so it decodes , not the computer
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RE: Paging John Marks or Kal Rubinson, posted on January 8, 2017 at 13:48:09
ahendler
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I went to check this out and now playing MQA master files the blue light on the explorer2 does not light up in passthrough either on or off. Rebooted system and still no blue light. Worked fine the last two days. Guess I will try later today
Alan

 

RE: "Why would you use the passthrough?"..., posted on January 8, 2017 at 18:02:46
ahendler
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No
you would not here a 16/44 file if playing a master file with passthrough turned on. You would here the 24/96 file used to carry the MQA encoding.
Alan

 

RE: Paging John Marks or Kal Rubinson, posted on January 9, 2017 at 10:45:47
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no matter what I check or don't check,on the Tidal app, my Lumin..that does not decode MQA.. only shows 16/44 on the Master albums that I add to my Playlist..

 

RE: Paging John Marks or Kal Rubinson, posted on January 9, 2017 at 14:14:08
ahendler
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Do you have passthrough turned on or off?
Alan

 

John Marks or Kal Rubinson Are Almost The Same, posted on January 12, 2017 at 20:30:05
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They dress alike and think alike. They may even be the same person.
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RE: John Marks or Kal Rubinson Are Almost The Same, posted on January 13, 2017 at 08:44:49
Kal Rubinson
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Obviously, you know neither of us.

 

I Know Everything Cause I Have ESPN [nt], posted on January 13, 2017 at 20:35:17
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