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RE: MQA is a 'lossy' codec...

Here are the bitrates which I saw for a sample of MQA songs streamed from Tidal.

Peter Gabriel So 24 96
The Rolling Stones Let it Bleed 24 88.2
The Rolling Stones Their Satanic Majesties Request 24 176.4
Eric Clapton Slowhand 24 192

And, from the Tidal website;

What is Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology?

While HiFi audio is a superior sound, it is still limited in its resolution —44.1 kHz /16 bit. TIDAL has partnered with MQA to deliver audio in an authenticated and unbroken version (typically 96 kHz / 24 bit) with the highest possible resolution—as flawless as it sounded in the mastering suite and precisely as the artist intended. TIDAL is one of the only services to render 24-bit master files streamable on portable devices as it uses a state-of-the-art MQA compression process.

Here you can learn more about Master quality audio at TIDAL, and here about how the MQA technology works.



Edits: 01/23/20

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