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    Default Tidal now streaming MQA!

    As of this morning Tidal is giving access to MQA encoded material for their HiFi-customers. I actually didn't think i'll see the day!

    I dont know if it's available for all markets yet though...
    Material so far limited, but som nice xamples;
    The Eagles, Beyoncé etc
    And a very nice album for you all:

    Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide To Earth

    The MQA material seem to be available in Roon too, even if Roon does not say explicitly that it's MQA (it identifies MQA material in your local library, but not yet from Tidal)
    It is displayed as 24bit 44.1 Khz though if you look at the source info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfaGTV View Post
    As of this morning Tidal is giving access to MQA encoded material for their HiFi-customers. I actually didn't think i'll see the day!

    I dont know if it's available for all markets yet though...
    Material so far limited, but som nice xamples;
    The Eagles, Beyoncé etc
    And a very nice album for you all:

    Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide To Earth

    The MQA material seem to be available in Roon too, even if Roon does not say explicitly that it's MQA (it identifies MQA material in your local library, but not yet from Tidal)
    It is displayed as 24bit 44.1 Khz though if you look at the source info.
    I got an upgrade notice yesterday for this. It said look in What's New but I saw nothing in the quick glimpse I had.

    I'll look again tonight but have they made want is in MQA obvious?

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    Ah go to What's New then the Albums section then Masters and apparently it is all there.

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    According to the MQA website the stream will sound better than CD without and MQA decoder. But better still with one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by User211 View Post
    According to the MQA website the stream will sound better than CD without and MQA decoder. But better still with one.
    Yes, and i actually agree that the MQA sounds somewhat better, but im pretty convinced it's all down to the mastering rather than the format...
    (Theres some phase correction and other adjustments made to the digital master depending on what ADC's were originalyl used if i remeber correctly?)

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    Just got home and hey I count 346 albums in MQA. And a large percentage of it is very mainstream. Smiths, Dream Theater. Blur, Muse, The Doors, Bowie, Madonna etc actually it's a great selection.

    Unfortunately I can't really evaluate it at the mo as my right ear is still suffering from the end of a serious ear infection.

    Still, something to have fun with.

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    Apologies!
    I didn't understand fully first, as i am unused to the Tidal desktop App.
    You can actually make it software decode upp to 88.2/96khz if you set your output in Prefs, and of course select Exclusive mode...
    I cant say if it's the same in Windows, but probably something similar.

    Nevertheless, i fail to detect any noticeable difference in audio quality between software decoded and undecoded..

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    Out of curiosity do you use TIDAL because you rejected Spotify SQ?

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    Magik, will check this out on Tidal thanks for the heads up!
    Yup, showing as 24/44...nice.

    Nice Nirvana cover on the Simpson album too.

    Shame you cant use Roon's 'focus' feature on Tidal to identify all MQA albums, ah well.
    some info here:
    https://support.tidal.com/hc/en-us/a...-TIDAL-MASTERS
    Last edited by Gazjam; 06-01-2017 at 22:44.

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    Will be downloading the desktop app tomorrow for a try of this.
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