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    Quote Originally Posted by StanleyB View Post
    If MQA is supposed to be for streaming, what is its purpose as far CD reproduction is concerned?
    Sounds like they're trying to do some sort of newer 'sacd' format whereas it will play in all CD players as standard redbook, but then hook it up to an MQA capable DAC and you'll get a higher resolution and all other gobbledygook.

    Really hope this doesn't become the standard. We already have 16/44 redbook which is perfectly fine and for lossless & higher-res we already have Flac which has been around for many years and is fine. This all just smells of a money grab to me, they'd make a killing just on licensing costs around the world. Can never trust the big labels to give a damn other than to line their own pockets.

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    It's not worth it for me, nor hi res really as there isn't much out there in decent hi bit rate formats for new music anyway. Formats are rubbish against the bits that do the sound in speakers and amps, and frankly these can yield much bigger benefits than worrying if you have or haven't got the latest kit to decode mqa or dacs to do it etc.
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    You'd think that proprietary digital formats would've gotten the hint by now. SACD did. HDCD did. DVD-A did. MQA will fail simply because it'll never become a defacto standard. Doubtful that DSD will either despite the massive push after SACD has failed. IMHO the major push will be towards 24/96 files, which in itself is contentious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yomanze View Post
    You'd think that proprietary digital formats would've gotten the hint by now. SACD did. HDCD did. DVD-A did. MQA will fail simply because it'll never become a defacto standard. Doubtful that DSD will either despite the massive push after SACD has failed. IMHO the major push will be towards 24/96 files, which in itself is contentious.
    Contentious because a lot of 24/96 doesn't sound any better than 16 bit.
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    Ha!
    So Golden Ears* Justin user211 was right when he said he could hear no difference with MQA.
    And all those folks who trotted out with 'major hike in sq" - it was just down to expectation bias.
    Sweet.

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    Doesn't the technical spec actually show that it degenerates to an equivalent of 17 bits due to using the lower bits to 'fold in' the extra bit depth?

    Sweet indeed Jerry

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    That won't make a blind bit of difference to the sound though. The only USP I can see is the so called 'digital deblurring' which would seem to be some form of eq. People reporting tighter bass and a cleaner sound overall, but only on some recordings. I'm guessing this is similar to what they do to old music when used on film soundtracks, just dial in a bit of extra punch. Not very purist of course.
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