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Hans Beekhuyzen and Peter Veth.  Brothers of a different mother?

 

If Tidal and MQA folded, would that be good for the future of music?  Would we not have the possibility of having even greater quality music?

 

Do we, in fact, have access to better quality music now?  Without MQA?

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4 minutes ago, lucretius said:

 

NDA's are MQA Ltd's way of quieting suppressive persons.

You have to sign an NDA to get MQA to quote you a price that it will charge you per unit sold. Perhaps they don't want to anger the manufacturers who they actually charge, when they find out that others got sweetheart deals to bolster MQA's brand. 

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3 hours ago, lucretius said:

Emphasis added.  Contrary to what is said, it's very easy to capture an MQA stream from Tidal and save it to an MQA flac file -- with all the MQA encoding in place.

 


MQA does not solve the copying issue:

1. it is trivial to grab files from Tidal (there are even open source tools to do this)
2. it is trivial for a network engineer to intercept the Tidal traffic and write it back to a file - and Tidal won't even be able to detect this

Once you have the MQA encoded file, an MQA dac has no way to check if your are entitled to listen to the file or not.

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Why would I want to capture anything that is a bastardization of the original?

 

Not me, MQA can shove it right up their......... 'NUFF SAID!

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If you can’t beat them, join them 😀

 

@Archimago and others that have the skills. 
How about join AES and publish a paper that reveal the truth about MQA ?

 

Is there anything in Bob’s AES papers that can be proved wrong ?

(we must of cause distinguish between AES papers and everything else said).

 

If one was allowed to publish an article against MQA, which magazine would be preferred ?

Maybe focus on 16 bit MQA. 

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39 minutes ago, Rt66indierock said:

Time for an update since the 2019 financial statements of MQA Limited are now posted. MQA lost 4,176,743 in Pounds. Revenue was 492,291. Xiama Music will shut down on February 5, 2021 leaving only Tidal and nugs.net as the only music streaming services with MQA content. Neither has significant subscribers. Download services are sparse with only 2L, e-onkyo music, HiResAudio and nugs.net.

 

I don’t see enough MQA encoded music to drive demand for hardware and software able to decode MQA files especially in the United States.

Unless they get on board with a bigger streaming player or manage to have MQA files streamed on lossless sites as replacements to PCM I think it’s going to be a hard battle. 

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2 minutes ago, UkPhil said:

Unless they get on board with a bigger streaming player or manage to have MQA files streamed on lossless sites as replacements to PCM I think it’s going to be a hard battle. 

 

I'm not seeing interest in lossless streaming. My estimate of the current market share of lossless is 1% of the paid subscribers.

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This would suggest that the McGill U MQA study also applies to MQA CD on a lot of audio systems.

I'm not saying it's impossible to hear the differences, but does the average MQA user has a system which makes these differences obvious?

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