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RE: Well,

it is a classic case of wealth generation using closed licensing systems.

I do acknowledge that Meridian has considerable expertise on the manipulation of red book files using a range of dither and dynamic range extension techniques. These work well with their earlier mastering processors which did not require extra outlay on the music. I suspect that some of what is now MQA incorporates what they learnt from earlier on. However, with cheap HDDs and 384k/DSD high sample rate systems, there is no reason for a closed system except for making more money for vendors of streaming services and perhaps in very small cheap portable systems. However, the savings by providers will result in more outlay for the consumer, both for software and for decoding hardware.

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