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The history is complicated. Something happened between Auralic and MQA a year ago, which ended up in a cessation of the relationship. Something about MQA changing the rules at the last minute and only allowing full MQA support in dedicated dacs (which only output analog signal) or something along those lines (the exact details are not clear to me). But boxes like the Aurender A10 do the same thing as the Auralic Altair and they get full MQA decoding capabilities, so perhaps something else happened between the two companies (Auralic and MQA)...

 

Now Auralic says it's working on some sort of home-grown MQA support which does not infringe upon MQA proprietary IP. We'll see what they come up with but I am as disappointed as you. I bought the Altair because it had the hardware horsepower to play full-rez MQA files and now that will not happen...

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The beta LDS version 4.1 adds a Tidal Masters category. Is that not what you are looking for?

 

[h=1]Version 4.1[/h][h=1]About This Release: 3rd February 2017[/h] New Features:

 

  • Add TIDAL Master catagory
  • Add more sorting options for TIDAL Favorite section
  • Add Group Bit-Perfect option for zone play

Fixes:

 

  • Unable to use manual IP setting for hidden WiFi network
  • Unable to initialize Music Library when home network is not stable

Improvements:

 

  • No longer show file sampling rate in Album detail interface when customer does not use Lightning Server, due to error data source.
  • Other interface related improvements

RIG:  MB Pro - Benchmark DAC3 L - LA4  AHB2 | Paradigm Sig S6 Cables:  Van Damme, Canare 4S11, Lifatec optical, Wireworld and IsoTek power

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There is a HUGE difference between being able to play Tidal masterds, truncated at 24/48 or 24/96, and true MQA decoding at 24/384...

 

The beta LDS version 4.1 adds a Tidal Masters category. Is that not what you are looking for?

 

Version 4.1

 

About This Release: 3rd February 2017

 

New Features:

 

  • Add TIDAL Master catagory
  • Add more sorting options for TIDAL Favorite section
  • Add Group Bit-Perfect option for zone play

Fixes:

 

  • Unable to use manual IP setting for hidden WiFi network
  • Unable to initialize Music Library when home network is not stable

Improvements:

 

  • No longer show file sampling rate in Album detail interface when customer does not use Lightning Server, due to error data source.
  • Other interface related improvements

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There is a HUGE difference between being able to play Tidal masterds, truncated at 24/48 or 24/96, and true MQA decoding at 24/384...

 

Found their Facebook statement about the homegrown MQA decoder. Confusing how they can write a decoder that does not infringe on the IP but okay, I am anxious and hopeful!

 

Is this the same thing that other software developers such as Audirvana are doing?

RIG:  MB Pro - Benchmark DAC3 L - LA4  AHB2 | Paradigm Sig S6 Cables:  Van Damme, Canare 4S11, Lifatec optical, Wireworld and IsoTek power

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