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  1. Does anyone know if Audirvana has to pay MQA for each core decode similar to Roon?
  2. I suspect that these guys are all in bed together. MQA produces the product. Tidal distributes the product. Roon provides the means to consume the product.
  3. While just about every other streaming service has managed to figure it out Qobuz lags behind. If they don't have the resources in house, they should consider contracting it out. I find that I get the best sound quality using the Chromecast built in to my Primare NP5 streamer. Cloud\streamer\DAC with no third party apps in between. It's also the most convenient for library management. Unfortunately, the Qobuz CCA implementation is so bad it's unusable.
  4. That true. I just wish the Qobuz was a little innovative and would launch a Connect feature or fix their Chromecast implementation.
  5. I understand the need for the subscription model but it still turns me off. IMO, a streaming service like Qobuz should offer some of the basic features that the third party (Audirvana or Roon) apps do in its native desktop software and mobile apps. The ability to use a control point, volume leveling and the ability to sort (focus) and create smart playlist based on the favorites in your library would be a good start. Imagine Qobuz and Roon/Audirvana merged to form one service. One subscription. I'll trial Audirvana Studio and if it does what I need for less than Roon I'
  6. Where are the audiophile lawyers when you need them? The developers of FLAC should have a cease and desist letter issued to Tidal/MQA instructing them to stop marketing their garbage as FLAC. FLAC's intent was to provide a free compression algorithm for PCM. It wasn't developed so that Tidal/MQA could mislead and lie to their customers, disguising MQA as FLAC and then (supposedly) profiting from it.
  7. There's also Deezer HiFi and Amazon Music HD. Qobuz is the only one missing that offers CD or better quality.
  8. This is the problem. You are of the understanding that the HiFi tier is lossless Redbook CD quality FLAC. It's not. It's lossy MQA-CD disguised as FLAC. HiRes is a loose term with no real definition but FLAC by definition stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. https://xiph.org/flac/ It doesn't say that it's a garbage container to disguise mp3, MQA or any other lossy codec as an attempt to deceive its customer. It's a lie and false advertising.
  9. In Canada this false advertising is a violation of Canadian Competition Law.
  10. So, same shit different day. Thought that this may be something new based on their HiFi tier launched in Australia.
  11. There's been so many lies and falsehoods I don't know if anything Tidal or MQA say can be believed anymore but, this is a recent screen shot from Tidal.com and they are advertising that the Hi-Fi tier is lossless FLAC at 1411 Kbps.
  12. Here's some info on how to get a US account in unsupported countries - LINK I haven't tried it myself. I was fortunate to get a French account back when qobuz would remove the geo-restrictions.
  13. I’m still using my NP5 as a Roon endpoint but, since I found out that Roon pays MQA a fee whenever the MQA core decoder is used (source), I’m even more motivated to leave. Since I don’t support MQA, I’m disappointed to know that my subscription fee subsidizes those that do. Casting from the qobuz app is so bad it’s not usable (for me, YMMV) and all the third-party apps I’ve tried fall short as well. I’ve tried BubbleUPnP, Audirvana and Mconnect. The best experience (if it worked) would be to cast directly to the NP5. Stingray Music, Deezer HiFi and Amazon Music (not HD
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