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RE: About those Dragonfly DACs...

A DAC can be a MQA "decoder" or a MQA "renderer."

When a DAC is a decoder it takes the basic file and decodes the MQA info. And in some cases can do multiple unfolds of the buried data to make even higher rez playback - not just 96 but 176.4 or 192.

When a DAC is a Renderer all it can do is take a file that is already unfolded on the computer (presumably in an App such as TIDAL 3.0.x) and process the unfolded info.

The Meridian Exp2 is a decoder while the Audioquest DragonFly (once updated) is a renderer.

When you setup TIDAL to recognize your DAC it recognizes the Meridian as a Decoder and sends an "bit perfect" copy of the file to the DAC for decoding. But if it detects a DAC that is a Renderer it will unfold the file and send the unfolded file to the DAC. At least, that's the story that TIDAL is telling us users.


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