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  1. Seriously ? 1. I didn't post that screenshot. Someone else did. (look the name is there !) 2. Look at the specific '848kbps' that Sir Bob Stuart mentions in this screenshot... now look at one of my first posts (foobar screenshot of the 24bit flac ... now what bitrate can you see there?) That doesn't seem like he's responding to something else to me. ("But for your information too: ..." 3. "Something went wrong >importing<". That's a process before distribuating it over the servers of Tidal. That's what I make from that. Not "something went wrong streaming/downloa
  2. Here you go ! ;-). I don't know if it happened when those millions of Warner 16bit 44.1kHz tracks were published. (are those Warner publications ? I don't know as I didn't check) It is possible it happened then... or maybe it happened even before that. I can only see what was there on the times specified by the file dates (and sizes!) of the flacs.
  3. Hi PeterSt. As foobar is not MQA aware at all, it will always show the original (folded) 44100 Hz (or 48000 Hz) - so never the higher sample rates. I had to look at my DAC to see the actual sample rate the MQA was made from. And for both it shows 44.1 (kHz) next to the MQA symbol. Now it seems that both flacs contained the same MQA streams... one in a 16bit flac and the other in a 24bit flac where every third byte would have been be zero (before compressing to flac of course). Apparently that extra added third byte - 8 bits that are always zero - leads to 25MB of extra compre
  4. OK thank you very much !!! So... when importing they accidently saved it as a 24bit first ... this is fun. It does explain why I hear no difference at all ! (the 24bit didn't sound any better than the 16bit; both sound great) Again Thank you very much !
  5. MQA is about twice as large ONLY when those are folded files (when you play them and the samplerate is 88.2kHz or more) MQA is NOT twice as large when they are not-folded ones (44.1kHz and 48kHz don't use folding ! something I learned recently) 44.1kHz and 48kHz files (16 or 24bit doesn't matter) don't have anything to fold above the 22.05 or 24kHz frequency... as those frequencies were simply never recorded :-) and that explains whe 44.1kHz and 48kHz are much smaller. The file you are showing here from alice cooper unfolds to 96kHz so it is a folded one and that is the reason it can
  6. No... when I play the 24bit files - bitperfectly - to my DAC it shows the MQA emblem (matrix element X) I don't have MQA encoding software to make a 16bit MQA into a 24bit one so you're theory is invalid.
  7. By ripping it means : get the stream that goes to the tidal app for playing, but instead of playing put it into a file. B.T.W. I know how to calculate from 16 to 24bits (I studied IT). And I know that - uncompressed !!!! - the size of 24bit files is 1.5x that of 16bit files. But FLAC (and ALAC) were invented for compressing sound. And compressing a 24bit sound is much more efficient than compressing a 16bit one. Unless there are a lot of extra bits added "under the noise floor" as in MQA. You have to know that ONLY MQA's with 88.2kHz/96kHz and higher samplerates are using the folding tech
  8. Okay I have to restart here... I apologized to you but apparently the 2L links prove nothing (read on please) I was wrongly looking at an MQA file... BUT the files you are showing from 2L are also MQA's made from 352kHZ studio versions etc... so those are FOLDED MQAs and those contain at least double the amount of information ! You won't see that in foobar... but you'll see it when you look at the display of the decoder showing the unfolded samplerate : 352kHz. The files I am talkin about are NOT folded ones as they are 44.1kHz ones, so in the encoding process there
  9. Yes you are right... I was downloading and then looking in the wrong folder at a WMA file... my fault ! Still it doesn't explain why the original streams were 24bit and not 16bit ? I played both 16 and 24 bit versions using foobar (max volume of course) to my DAC and both played showing the MQA emblem and the samplerate (44.1). So what is going on really ?
  10. Ripped them from Tidal. The exact same album location (see ID in first post) for the 24bits MQA's where now the 16bits MQA's are. So I ripped them 11 days ago and they were 24bits and I was in discussion with someone on another forum who said they sounded better than CD and I sais "yes of course because they are 24bit MQAs" but then he said "no they're 16bits" so I rechecked and he was right... now they are replaced by 16bit ones !
  11. So you think that a 15 MB difference (compressed data don't forget !) over that album represents "not much" ? The question stays : WHY were there two different bitrates from a same master ? I thought MQA was all about provenance : 16bit from 16bit masters and 24bit from 24bit masters and not some mix up
  12. The image below is taken from foobar while playing the files on the left. Look at the date of the files. (top left) Look at the bits per sample (24 !) Those are the files at the right being played. Files from Tidal 11 days later. 16bit. Also look at the duration of the first track that is playing. Number of samples are IDENTICAL just like all the other tracks ! which proves it comes from the same source !!!
  13. No they are not ! When playing in foobar it shows 24bit for those and 16bit for the other ones on the right ! And remember flacs are already compressed. The total difference of both albums is 15MB (compressed !!!) Also the samplerate is identical (44.1kHz) so that makes no difference in size. (I am not comparing 96kHz with 48kHz where the filesize difference is much higher) I'd be glad to share you 2 identical tracks of this album so you can see (and hear) for yourself but I don't know how I can do this here (I am new here since today!)
  14. Tidal is distribuating 16bit MQA's now made from 24bit masters ! THIS IS WHAT I CALL CHEATING ! Pink Floyd - Pulse was 24bit the 15th of november and the master has apparently later degraded to 16bit ! https://tidal.com/browse/album/165893 (16bit now!) You can check filedates and filesizes in the image I included. Left of the image are the 24bit MQA's that were on Tidal on november 15th; Right of the image are the 16bit MQA's from today. same ID on tidal (165893) so those were from the same (24bit!!!) master It's not difficult to make a 16bit MQA m
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