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RE: Sorry, wrong nomenclature

No, I think you got my point.

You might find these paragraphs interesting from the sole article written about MQA in Sound On Sound magazine, read widely by production professionals. I has been linked here a few times already.

"The obvious final question, though, must be: does it really sound better than conventional hi-res digital recordings? I'd like to be able to give a confident and definitive Yes in response... but I'm not sure I can just yet. That's not because I wasn't impressed with what I heard, but because I wasn't sufficiently familiar either with the Meridian replay systems used to audition a variety of MQA recordings, or the source material itself, to form a totally confident opinion."


"Comparing MQA and conventional hi-res files wasn't a blatant 'night and day' kind of difference."

Finally, and more to the point of our exchange:

"For the professional market, MQA decoding and encoding could be achieved very conveniently and practically with a bespoke DAW plug-in, and MQA are already working on releasing a professional decoder plug-in later this year. However, the substantial temporal benefits of the MQA format are only achieved with total control over the complete end-to-end encode/decode process, so any MQA encoder plug-in would need to be user-configurable to account for the time-domain behaviour of the specific A-D converters being used and, ideally, that of any analogue hardware in the chain, too. This is not impossible, but it would be a very complex task that would require a lot of testing of legacy hardware converters to establish a workable time-domain database. So, perhaps MQA-compatible hardware A-D converters would be a more practical first step... and various manufacturers are already working on that."

Edits: 06/07/17

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