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    HQ Player

    I’ll give DSD another try with the standard setting. Can only max out at DSD256 since using a Mac.
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    HQ Player

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    HQ Player

    Haven’t tried R-2R dac yet but saw there’s good option for only $350. I was was thinking of just saving up for the Schitt yiggy one day since I’m a fan of the closed-form filter. Went back and tried DSD 256 closed-form ASMD 7 and different ifi filter switch settings and none sounded as good as PCM. With DSD you get smoother vocals, blacker background, and little more air but lose out on the rhythm and impact. I find myself tapping my foot and enjoying the music more in PCM. DSD still sounds great but doesn’t draw me in as much. But this could just be on the ifi and my headphone setup. Using AT L3000 headphones, which were known for being one of the best bass headphones at the time.
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    HQ Player

    I also found I prefer PCM to DSD on my ifi idsd. I use closed-form N5 768. Bass has more body and impact and closed-form still pulls in all the detail. Not sure if was the analog filters of the ifi that were affecting dsd for me but with PCM you completely bypass all ifi filters.
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    Audirvana Plus 3 (official thread)

    Turn off the upsampling and see what it outputs on that track? I don't think you'll see anything higher than 24/96. I still don't understand this restriction though. I'm sure Audirvana would have no problem unfolding the whole thing if allowed. You just couldn't do the last step of matching to the DAC. And even then, if MQA provided the DAC profiles, the software could do that on the matched DACs. Really thinks it's to get you to buy a new DAC. See how good this sounds at 24/96, it would sound even better at 24/192. But unfolding to 24/96 and then further upsampling to DSD makes the need for a MQA DAC less needed. And still looking at a very small percent of albums even encoded in MQA at the moment.
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    Audirvana Plus 3 (official thread)

    I have a question about how MQA works without a MQA dac. I know if I shut of upsampling, it does the first unfold to 88/96 even if the MQA in the right shows 192 or higher. But it also outputs to 88 even if the MQA file is only 22/44. Why would it output higher than the file? Next question is if I do turn on upsampling, does the first unfold still happen? So does it convert to MQA 24/96 and then apply the additional upsampler? This is what I'm planing for the Roon/HQPlayer combo when they update to MQA. Do the software unfold first and then send that to HQPlayer for dsd output.
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    Roon & MQA - Software Decoding Is Coming!

    Currently the only software decoder is thru Tidal desktop app but both Audivana and Roon will be offering a decoder as well. Last year there was discussion that MQA would only be decoded thru a MQA enabled DAC but I guess they changed their mind. So with Tidal, you have a few options. If you don't like MQA at all, you can still play the regular CD quality version. If you choose the MQA version, you can either have Tidal decode it or pass the signal thru for a MQA dac to decode. If you bought MQA tracks, then you'll have to wait for Audivana or Roon's upcoming upgraded to decode without a MQA dac. I've read both sides of the argument but just listening to the Hifi vs the Master files on Tidal, I"m finding the Master ones do sound better. Some are slightly quieter than the Hifi version and they seem to have more space and smoother vocals.
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    MQA processing can be disabled

    Well at least for now Tidal is including a HiFi version and a Master version. So you can still get the unprocessed version as well. The only issue is figuring out which album is which without having to play. Currently just testing out Tidal's MQA software processing. Don't have MQA dac anymore.
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    Lossy to HQP

    For the most part, there's not a lot of time put into Roon. You just direct it to your Library and it's does all of the legwork for you. Finds all the metadata, photos, lyrics, and so forth. Adding HQPlayer to the mix is pretty easy and can find instructions on Roon forums. Much easier to figure out than initially figuring out all of HQPlayers settings. I would say it's more like using Tableau than SQL or Access. Choose your data source and then can play with filters and all that stuff on the fly. If you add Tidal to the mix, you get lossless music that can also be fed to HQPlayer and upsampled. Tidal within Roon is almost like Wikipedia for music but you get to listen to it. You'll wonder how you ever ended up where you did. And as mentioned, HQPlayer will play anything Roon can play. I had all my library in ALAC, so HQPlayer was useless unless I converted my files but with Roon, it's seamless.
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    Amara for Tidal 2.0

    Well I find there is a difference in sound quality between using Amarra for Tidal and Tidal with sQ+. The problem is Amarra for Tidal's interface is such a pain to work with it. Just too frustrating waiting for everything to load when the Tidal app itself is instant. For me, I ended up going with Roon/HQPlayer. A much more expensive option but so much more satisfying. I load up Amarra for Tidal now and again when there's an update to see if any improvement but end up quitting within 5 minutes.
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    Article: My First 24 Hours With MQA

    I mean it seems random who gets early access to the Master setting. I never use Tidal app anymore since using Roon, but saw that it was upgraded to included Exclusive sound setting, so decided to get it a try. I noticed the Master setting and got an error needed to upgrade my subscription. I switched back to HIFI and played the track and then switch back to Master and it started to work but still showed HIFI. Decided to see if the 2L catalog would work and to my surprise, Tidal now showed MQA on the bottom next to the speaker. I've then spent some time trying different albums and switching back and forth between HIFI and MQA. Even without a MQA Dac I could hear the difference in the tracks. I posted in Roon forum about the Master setting assuming everyone had access to it. Only 2 or 3 other people said they did. Not sure anyone tried the albums with a MQA Dac yet but I have to assume it would work. All the albums for 2L were showing as MQA even though on their site, they only have a select few tracks for testing. I heard 7digital was going to be offering MQA as well but didn't see anything on their site yet. Also, the few albums on their site that I searched in Tidal were still in HIFI. It would be nice if their catalog goes MQA since they have more genres and latest releases.
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    Article: My First 24 Hours With MQA

    Want to point out, some using of Tidal, including myself updated their Mac app and now have the Master quality option. Then doing a search for any of the albums listed on 2L website will trigger the HIFI text to switch to MQA. Most tracks show as 24/44.1 but some are 24/48 and can see switched back to the 44.1k version when switch back to HIFI setting. I don't have a MQA DAC, so can just listen to the tracks as is and even they sound better than the HIFI versions. More clarity and better decay. I can only guess that it's using a better master than the HIFI version. But the point is, Tidal with MQA is now live for some users. So with the 2L catalog, gives people with MQA DAC more options for listening and don't have spend money on albums you've never heard before or know nothing about.
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    Amara for Tidal 2.0

    Have you tried Roon and HQPlayer together? It's still basically in the beta stage but you get the idea that once it's fixed, HQPlayer will run completely in the background and just use Roon as the front end. Currently I'm still getting disconnects occasionally when switching tracks and have to the use the break link in the volumn control. But sounds like they're very close to fixing all these bugs. I've been a longtime user of Amarra products, so I always check back with them. And I've tried over and over in the past to find a replacement for their software because it's always been frustrating but offered the best sound quality. So it was kind of hard to decide between Roon and Amarra for Tidal, since Roon had a superior interface but lacked the sound quality. At least with HQPlayer integration, I don't have to sacrifice sound quality for usability. So I hope Amarra the best and will keep checking on their progress to see how it improves.
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    Amara for Tidal 2.0

    Yes, Roon sound quality by itself is no match for Amarra for Tidal, especially the Tidal tracks. But when combined, with HQPlayer, I find sound quality surpasses it once you find right settings (even with just 96/24 DAC). And then throw the Roon interface on top and it's hard to go back to Amarra for Tidal. I find I'm usually having to wait for everything to load and there are still no discovery tool whatsoever. And as far as the remote, I've only tried it on iphone. Everytime I reopen Amarra is asks to for new code. And several times while playing it disconnects. Not sure if ipad version is any better. At least with Roon, remote app is exactly like the desktop version. But I do most of my navigation on the Mac and Amarra is just frustrating.
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    Amara for Tidal 2.0

    The interface is basically the same except you can pair if with iPhone remote app. I always thought interface was terrible. Why would you make it worse than the Tidal app itself. The sound is very unique and I used to like it until I started using HQPlayer. I find it's sound much more open and natural. It's much more expensive, but I greatly prefer using Roon with HQPlayer than this. There was a review awhile back that mentioned Amarra was going to have a complete interface overhaul using web based programming similar to the Tidal app but either greatly delayed or scrapped. Even the windows app that was due last Sept still hasn't come out.