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19 minutes ago, Stereo said:

Very well put but don’t rule out their potentially massively overinflated egos that have been deflated and their tiny brains not knowing how to accept it and grow up. Unlike yourself. Rather sad of them really. Perhaps they need counseling.

If You are painting, be sure not to stain the whole canvas.

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If I had a piece of software that would compress hi-res music files and make them sound better than hi-res when played (REALLY) then I'm sure I could make money just selling it. Wouldn't you buy it?

 

Why would I need to foist it on everyone with no choice allowed?

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10 minutes ago, GregWormald said:

If I had a piece of software that would compress hi-res music files and make them sound better than hi-res when played (REALLY) then I'm sure I could make money just selling it. Wouldn't you buy it?

 

Why would I need to foist it on everyone with no choice allowed?

 

Not sure who this was targeted to..?  Me?

 

When it comes to MQA I don't use it. I even moved from Tidal to Qobuz the minute they officially offered service in Finland since I don't accept Tidal´s MQA policy (replacing originals with MQA-versions). I believe people should be left with freedom of choice but they need to be educated so that they can select wisely.  

 

I'm not for foisting anything to anyone. Except for the truth when it comes to MQA. Saddens me to see where this all has lead; stationary War between the sides, much like the WW1.

 

What a shame, really.   

Jussi Arvio

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3 hours ago, jparvio said:

 

I Agree but this is not about me or my opinion alone. It would help enormously if the Audiophile Press was pushing for the truth as one, don't You think? From time to time it looks like MQA is not even fighting it's own battle and that hurts.  

Oh of course, but is it that simple?  There are potential conflicts of interest.  Not pointing to any publication and speaking generally, a hifi magazine may carry adverts from a dac manufacturer who is pro MQA.  There may be personal/professional relationships and so on.   Some of the hifi press / magazines are just advertising platforms

 

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29 minutes ago, March Audio said:

Oh of course, but is it that simple?  There are potential conflicts of interest.  Not pointing to any publication and speaking generally, a hifi magazine may carry adverts from a dac manufacturer who is pro MQA.  There may be personal/professional relationships and so on.   Some of the hifi press / magazines are just advertising platforms padded out with some colourful, and always complimentary, stories about bits of kit.

 

Nothing in life is easy or direct and this case is no exception to the rule. But money or personal relationship/agenda should not be in the Way. This is exactly what should separate advertorial -based platforms from journalism.  

 

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2 hours ago, Fokus said:

The problem is that the audiophile press is not ... press.

 

Right. They are hobby/trade magazines/e-zines/blogs and they employ/engage content writers.

mQa is dead!

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9 hours ago, GoldenOne said:

Also if we want to talk legal stuff, perhaps MQA should be taking a look at law surrounding GPL licensing.... 

 

It'd certainly be a bit of a roadbump if it turned out their product wasn't entirely legal

 

 


The problem with the GPL is that the data processed by GPL tools, is not protected by the GPL. It only protects the software, not the data.

Adding MQA to existing open source players is clearly wrong:

https://www.musicpd.org/commercial.html

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Fokus said:

 

The only thing worse than being talked about being not being talked about, the company is certainly not going to end this.

 

 

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Geez, it's been a while and I thought MQA was a thing of the last decade. But apparently MQA is like a Zombie, animating those it bites.

 

The JA's from Stereophile among them. Crazy that they are willing to burn their reputation at this rate by sticking with the bloating corpse MQA is these days - espc. after what Golden Sound pulled off (mad props GS!!).

 

Which begets the question why? Contracts? Probably not. Posturing? Probably yes. 

 

They signal the industry that they can reliably campaign even in the face of strong opposition. Important for an industry that needs shills and needs shills that shill not matter what.

 

Marching on even after headshots. Respect.

 

 

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30 minutes ago, botrytis said:

 

What's the old saying, 'There is no such thing as bad publicity.' - P.T. Barnum

There are exceptions ....

 

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59 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

If people really valued independent publications, there would be more independent publications. I'd drop all advertising on my site in a heartbeat if more people paid to subscribe. My life would be so much easier, but for many reasons, one of them may well be that my offerings aren't compelling enough to get people to pay, people prefer the ad supported models. 

 

Conflicts exist in every facet of life, but we need to do our best to avoid them and to identify when lines have been crossed. In my case, I do my best to build trust with this community. One of the ways I do this is by allowing unfettered criticism of my work on any page of this site. If I even attempted to pull one over on people, I'd hear about it instantly and it would be all over these pages in bold capital letters. 

 

Bringing it back to mQa ...

 

mQa aside for a moment still, maybe you could Sticky something compelling like this on top of the Activity Stream or somewhere else like that. In my eyes anyway it is no more offensive than ads. In fact, I find it more purposeful.

Saying this, I have to scratch my head about subscribing - and I will.

My honest feeling is that I'd like to see the cultural elevation effect of your message (which I certainly anticipate!) and then subscribe. You can't have your cake and eat it I know.

I still think it's worth Sticky - no matter what I decide to do.

You have a great case here in outline.

The mQa thread on ASR is closed. I wish everyone there would come here and debate in the spirit of your remarks. If I saw that happening I would subscribe without hesitation. If I weren't on such a tight financial rein I'd just do it anyway.

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19 minutes ago, Iving said:

 

mQa aside for a moment still, maybe you could Sticky something compelling like this on top of the Activity Stream or somewhere else like that. In my eyes anyway it is no more offensive than ads. In fact, I find it more purposeful.

Saying this, I have to scratch my head about subscribing - and I will.

My honest feeling is that I'd like to see its effects (which I believe in anticipation!) and then subscribe. You can't have your cake and eat it I know.

I still think it's worth Sticky - no matter what I decide to do.

You have a great case here in outline.

The mQa thread on ASR is closed. I wish everyone there would come here and debate in the spirit of your remarks. If I saw that happening I would subscribe without hesitation. If I weren't on such a tight financial rein I'd just do it anyway.

 

OK I put my money where my mouth is and subscribed to AS Premium.

Your message is great.

Thank you

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