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Title: MQA - Do You Use It?
Post by: 108Ω on June 11, 2021, 04:32:13 AM
A few years back, the big sales pitch was that proprietary digital was about to revolutionize streaming audio.
More than a few players jumped on it with glowing support.

Now it looks like royalty grabbing, subencoding that exploited higher bandwidth for everything but better sound.
'Authentic" meaning they get paid and audiophiles pay the bill for their watermarking.

It seems to me that the entire process was meant to "tell" listeners what sounds good, rather than to have them make their own call.

Title: Re: MQA - Do You Use It?
Post by: Gutbucket on June 11, 2021, 10:24:42 AM
My take? Avoid and do not support.  It's a money grab exposed as charlatanism and a temptation away from the righteous path of openness and truth.

The one potentially good part of it never really panned out, and was burred beneath the landslide of BS and proprietary-ness.

Title: Re: MQA - Do You Use It?
Post by: raymonda on June 11, 2021, 12:29:54 PM
Garbage. A solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Then all of negatives that go with it. Pass.
Title: Re: MQA - Do You Use It?
Post by: heathen on July 06, 2021, 05:49:54 PM
Absolutely not
Title: Re: MQA - Do You Use It?
Post by: noahbickart on July 06, 2021, 06:20:17 PM
I tried it once to see if I could get the light on my DAC to light up.

It works.

It doesn't sound any better.
Title: Re: MQA - Do You Use It?
Post by: voltronic on July 06, 2021, 07:37:29 PM
My take? Avoid and do not support.  It's a money grab exposed as charlatanism and a temptation away from the righteous path of openness and truth.

The one potentially good part of it never really panned out, and was burred beneath the landslide of BS and proprietary-ness.

So, like DSD, right?  :laugh:
Title: Re: MQA - Do You Use It?
Post by: MakersMarc on July 07, 2021, 06:40:16 PM
I was pro at first, but realized that HD stuff from qobuz sounds consistently better than MQA, to me. Pass.