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  1. MQA was launched on December 2014. It is now January 2, 2017 so let’s see where MQA is at today. Remember all the people who said that MQA was not Digital Rights Management? Well Utimaco disagrees. “MQA turned to Utimaco, a leading manufacturer of hardware-based security solutions that provide the root of trust to keep cryptographic keys safe, secure critical digital infrastructures and protect high value data assets. “ “Critical to the continued success and monetization of the streaming and download services of the entertainment industry, is the ability to secure and safeguard end-to-end transmission of intellectual property. A market leader in hardened encryption, Utimaco is at the forefront of enabling the authenticated delivery needed to drive next-generation entertainment consumption.” Now turn to content. As of today there is no music in the genres 80% of American buy, Rock, R&B/Hip Hop, Pop and Country. Add Latin and EDM and you are at about 9 out of ten people buying music in America have no MQA encoded music to purchase. Don’t wait for licensee Warner Music Group to suddenly turn a switch and their music become available because they told the SEC in their latest financial statements they haven’t figured out how to distribute digital music. There are 10 companies that produce equipment with MQA decoders. None of the products have enough units in the hands of consumers to make any impact. Many companies announced they would not support the format. The view of companies neither producing products nor announcing they would not support the format is indifference. Hardly a must have feature. I said earlier this year that I would need 200 artists producing new music in the genres I regularly buy for MQA to be viable a viable format for me. I don’t see any interest by those artists in recording high resolution much less with MQA encoding. Those genres are rock, alt rock, alt country and bluegrass. And personally I will not test any MQA equipment until eight of the nine albums I use as my reference are available in MQA. The Doors “Riders on the Storm “was used as demo of MQA not realizing there was no master to authenticate. Something that was well known but apparently unknown to the MQA people and audio journalists. As of January 2, 2017 two years after its splashy launch we have a lot of audiophile press about MQA, announcements and demonstrations. But there is a limited supply of equipment to decode MQA files and no music encoded for nine out ten American music buyers, classic vaporware.
  2. I have just read a positive review in July number of Italian magazine AudioReview about this new little DAC from Project http://www.box-designs.com/main.php?prod=preboxs2digital&cat=s2-line&lang=en A very reasonable entry level price for experimenting with MQA, but apparently not at all entry level performance. Main specs from Pro-Ject infosheet: • Dual mono construction • High end ESS Sabre ESS9038 dual DAC • Proprietary clock circuity design • Organic polymer capacitors and thin film miniMELF resistors • MQA hardware decoding • DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 & DSD512 (DSD over PCM) • Up to 24bit/192kHz for optical & coax inputs • 7 selectable digital filter characteristics • 1 proprietary optimum transient digital filter • Headphone output on the front (6.3mm) • Synchronization of all internal oscillators • Jitter as low as 100 Femtoseconds! • Gold plated four layer PCB • Full alu/metal sandwich casing in silver or black SRP: € 349,00
  3. View Classified Mytek Manhattan II Black REDUCED! For Sale is my Mytek Manhattan II. Purchased in 2019. It is up to date with the latest firmware for both the network card and the DAC. IT has MQA (if you're into that), its a ROON endpoint, a preamp with three analog inputs (2 RCA and 1 XLR). Add a USB drive with music to the back and play hi res directly, and Tidal and Quobuz using a MPD application like MConnect. It is an aamazing pice of engineering, that has run flawlessly during my time with it. $2900 including shipping (FEDEX Ground) and Paypal fees. Included is the original cable, remote, cone feet, box for both the card and the DAC, manual for the card, and a printed manual for the DAC. Firm. Please let me know if you have any questions. I have been a lurker on this site since the first days but I do not post. I would be happy to correspond about the unit if you have questions. Here are the specifications from the manual: • Conversion: up to 384k, 32bit PCM, native DSD up to DSD256, DXD, 130dB Dynamic Range • Analog outputs: RCA, balanced XLR, simultaneous • Headphone outputs: Reference High Current, High transient balanced Headphone Amp, 500mA, 6 Watts, dual headphone jacks, designed to drive hard to drive headphones. To connect balanced headphones special adapter is required - available saparately. • Built-in Attenuator: Choice of 1dB step analog attenuator, separate for main out and headphones, 1dB step digital 32 bit attenuator and purist relay bypass. • Mytek proprietary USB Audio Class 2, up to 32bit/384k, DSD256, also accepts digital AES, SPDIF and Toslink inputs. This USB interface also allows stacking of multiple Mytek units for multichannel operation. All digital inputs are available in DAW software simultaneously. • AES/EBU Input: PCM up to 24bit / 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192.0kHz, 352.8kHz, 384.0kHz, DSD64 DSD128 (DoP) • 3x S/PDIF Coaxial Input: PCM up to 24bit / 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192.0kHz, 352.8kHz, 384.0kHz, DSD64 DSD128 (DoP) • Toslink (S/PDIF Optical Input): PCM up to 24bit / 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, DSD64 (DoP) • SDIF3 DSD Input: DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 (natively) • Mytek Femtoclock 0.82ps internal jitter, WordClock Input and Output (allows stacking multiple units for multichannel operation, includes mch DSD) • Built-in Analog Preamp: Line level input or Precision Phono M/M, M/C input, relay controlled. • Choice of Transparent Analog or Digital stepped volume control with "Bypass" option for the purest signal path. • Built in certified hardware Hi-Res MQA decoder • High definition metering with simultaneous RMS and peak indication • Five digital inputs are fitted (1x USB, 1x AES/EBU, 3x S/PDIF coaxial and 1x TOSLINK) which allow a wide range of digital sources to be connected. Seller Gonzo1 Date 09/01/21 Price 2,900.00 USD Category Digital to Analog Converters  
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    For Sale is my Mytek Manhattan II. Purchased in 2019. It is up to date with the latest firmware for both the network card and the DAC. IT has MQA (if you're into that), its a ROON endpoint, a preamp with three analog inputs (2 RCA and 1 XLR). Add a USB drive with music to the back and play hi res directly, and Tidal and Quobuz using a MPD application like MConnect. It is an aamazing pice of engineering, that has run flawlessly during my time with it. $2900 including shipping (FEDEX Ground) and Paypal fees. Included is the original cable, remote, cone feet, box for both the card and the DAC, manual for the card, and a printed manual for the DAC. Firm. Please let me know if you have any questions. I have been a lurker on this site since the first days but I do not post. I would be happy to correspond about the unit if you have questions. Here are the specifications from the manual: • Conversion: up to 384k, 32bit PCM, native DSD up to DSD256, DXD, 130dB Dynamic Range • Analog outputs: RCA, balanced XLR, simultaneous • Headphone outputs: Reference High Current, High transient balanced Headphone Amp, 500mA, 6 Watts, dual headphone jacks, designed to drive hard to drive headphones. To connect balanced headphones special adapter is required - available saparately. • Built-in Attenuator: Choice of 1dB step analog attenuator, separate for main out and headphones, 1dB step digital 32 bit attenuator and purist relay bypass. • Mytek proprietary USB Audio Class 2, up to 32bit/384k, DSD256, also accepts digital AES, SPDIF and Toslink inputs. This USB interface also allows stacking of multiple Mytek units for multichannel operation. All digital inputs are available in DAW software simultaneously. • AES/EBU Input: PCM up to 24bit / 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192.0kHz, 352.8kHz, 384.0kHz, DSD64 DSD128 (DoP) • 3x S/PDIF Coaxial Input: PCM up to 24bit / 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, 192.0kHz, 352.8kHz, 384.0kHz, DSD64 DSD128 (DoP) • Toslink (S/PDIF Optical Input): PCM up to 24bit / 44.1kHz, 48.0kHz, 88.2kHz, 96.0kHz, 176.4kHz, DSD64 (DoP) • SDIF3 DSD Input: DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 (natively) • Mytek Femtoclock 0.82ps internal jitter, WordClock Input and Output (allows stacking multiple units for multichannel operation, includes mch DSD) • Built-in Analog Preamp: Line level input or Precision Phono M/M, M/C input, relay controlled. • Choice of Transparent Analog or Digital stepped volume control with "Bypass" option for the purest signal path. • Built in certified hardware Hi-Res MQA decoder • High definition metering with simultaneous RMS and peak indication • Five digital inputs are fitted (1x USB, 1x AES/EBU, 3x S/PDIF coaxial and 1x TOSLINK) which allow a wide range of digital sources to be connected.

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  5. http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=20456 Free download. New in May 2019. Thought maybe discussion of this separate from other threads might make sense. A Hierarchical Approach for Audio Capture, Archive, and Distribution.
  6. Hi My setup to get Tidal Mqa is a Raspberry Pi 2 with LibreElec Kodi and Tidal 2 plugin. The plugin is set to 24bits. The Raspberry is connected to Onkyo A/V receiver with 192 kHz/24 internal DAC through hdmi cable. When I play Mqa tracks the info codec shows a bitrate of more than 1000kbps. Every song has a different bitrate. So I think that Kodi are receiving and decoding correctly the Mqa tracks. My doubt is if the Onkyo receiver are getting the full Mqa sound through hdmi cable. Exist any limitation with Mqa in the Raspberry through hdmi? The Onkyo A/V shows that receives PCM 48 khz
  7. Greetings, Looking for a new headphone amp for a specific situation: drive a stand-alone headphone system in a home study. No loudspeakers. Roon-Ready streaming Tidal/Qobuz/NAS will be only source. Ideally, I could find a high-end, class A tube amp with balanced phone outs,...with DAC and streamer built-in. BUT, I prefer to not compromise amp or DAC quality in order to jam all functions into a single box. 2 components would be fine. Suggestions?
  8. I posted a comment today that Tidal is not streaming audio's 900 pound gorilla because of the small subscriber numbers. I talked with him briefly at RMAF 2017 and my posts have not survived moderation since then. If I'm banned just tell specifically why.
  9. NASA telescope has revealed largest batch of seven Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star! https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170222130941.htm I'm asking myself just one question - what music and audio gear do they have there.? Well, maybe just one more - what would they think about MQA.?
  10. I have just contacted Bryston asking them whether they plan to implement MQA in their products (DACs) and this is what they replied: "We have no plans to implement a signal changing type feature in Bryston products. We will leave that to other audio companies. [...] Brian." Too bad. I really like their products and I was contemplating buying their BDA-3.
  11. Meridian Explorer2 DAC. Included, if you want it, is an Audioquest Evergreen miniplug to RCA stereo cable. $179 with cable $159 without cable Buyer pays shipping
  12. Hey guys, just wanted to drop by to let folks know that I'm running a blind test of MQA Core Decode vs. original hi-res... It's a way to compare what MQA decoding sounds like with your own DAC especially for those of you who don't have TIDAL and may be wondering about the difference between a stream that's MQA Core decoded compared to say a non-MQA 24/96 stream. After you listen, I would of course love to know your perception of differences. The tracks are randomized and "blinded". Tell me which you prefer and how much difference you perceive! Test instructions and files can be found here: INTERNET BLIND TEST: MQA Core Decoding vs. Standard Hi-Res Audio Thanks all, have fun... Arch
  13. For financing another project selling this incredible Network Player. You can find only great review about this gear, play like Lumin A1 but more cheaper (case). Both A1 and T1 share the same Hardware and PSU unit. The voltage is set to 220/230V. Original boxes and accessories. Can ship everywhere. My request id 2950€ + SS Please contact me in case you need more information.
  14. Well, this pulls some of the MQA issues together well and Mr. Koch's position is crystal clear. Some highlights: He does get into some specifics, but I don't want to run on too long here. For some this may just be a rehash, but it is well written. I found it worth a read.
  15. If you haven't visited our Learning Center in awhile, we've recently added several guides and articles. Here is what's new A Guide to Roon Music Player Forget everything you know about music players. Music is an experience, and Roon reconnects you with it. A Guide to Streaming Music Services With a still-growing array of streaming services, it can be tough to decide which one to pick. Here are the key questions you should ponder before you decide. MQA, What is it and Why Should I Care? Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) is the newest format to hit the market. MQA is an audio codec intended for high fidelity, digital audio, internet streaming and file download. MQA can be played on any audio device, whether that’s inside your home, your car, from your phone or anywhere else you might be – perfectly fitting into the way you listen to your music today. An Introduction to Computer Audio New to computer audio or having trouble deciding if a computer audio system is right for you? Fear not, we have put together this introduction to computer audio so that you can understand the basics of what goes into a computer-based audio system. An Introduction to Buying a Turntable Vinyl is back and better than ever. If you're thinking about getting back into the hobby or considering purchasing your first turntable, this guide will run you through the basics of what to look for in a turntable setup. Resonance Control - Controlling Unwanted Vibrations in an Audio Systems When listening to music, speakers are the main source of vibration traveling through the ground and back to your equipment, also termed floor-borne vibration. It’s the job any component isolation product (footers, shelves, stands) to protect the supported component from external ground and air vibration interference. Vibration is a variable which must be mastered through proper design and discreet material choices to achieve resonance control for your audio system.
  16. Great new perspective. And certainly raises many red flags! MQA: a non-hostile takeover? | DAR__KO
  17. Afternoon all, new member here, unsure if this is new info or not but my Mytek Brooklyn dac is showing MQA is running on Tidal (started today), green emblem showing on OLED. SHowing 16bit but no lock. PRior to this Tidal always showed 16bit 44.1k
  18. The recording industry panel on MQA at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) in Denver has been canceled. Apparently, the MQA folks decided against participating. Quite an interesting discussion on all of this among the recording and mastering engineers over at the Gear Slutz Forum. https://www.gearslutz.com/board/mastering-forum/1171365-mqa-discussion-denver-rmaf-4.html
  19. Mastering engineer Brian Lucey recently solicited info on the pro's & con's for an upcoming panel on MQA at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Besides six times Grammy winner Lucey MQA representative Mike Jbara and an engineer from Mytek was supposed to be on stage. Today the panel was cancelled. More info here: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/12847173-post86.html Good job MQA, reputation one up!
  20. Hello fellows on Computer Audiophile, I hope that you can help me, to chose the right hardware for me! Today I have a old pc laptop that runs Roon, Signalyst HQPlayer, TIDAL HiFi, (mostly MQA because I have felt in love with it's sound), a NAS with ripped CDs and DSD. But I need new hardware for this, because my laptop singing on it's last chorus! So I wrote to you on this forum, because I believe that here's a lot of experience and knowledge that I shall buy! That full files my needs and can be upgraded when it needs! I can handle a old pc laptop and little more, but I'm not a computer genius . I now how it shall sound! Because I'm a professional musician and studio producer, studio/live engineer so when it comes to sound well we're I'm not lost . But unfortunately for me today, so changed I my "tape boy" against a "computer boy" when the computer, started to be used in the studio . So please come with suggestions on hardware for me! I wish all fellow, well in my case (Computer) Audiophile's a great Sunday. Greetings from String in a sunny ☀️ Sweden.
  21. Short but damming read on MQA by an anonymous audio-vendor: http://6moons.com/industryfeatures/mqa/1.html Confirms most of the points Shiit and Linn have raised. Their argument about the benefits of MQA for cheap DACs are interesting.
  22. Just read this article on Digital Audio Review shared by Srajen Ebaen of 6moons. Very interesting to say the least. http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2017/07/kih-46-mqas-missing-link/ Best. Mev
  23. I subscribe to Tidal Hifi and have access to Masters encoded with MQA. My computer is connected to my McIntosh MHA100 through USB and I am using eihter Amarra Symphony or Audirvana Plus (with Tidal) + Itunes. My understanding is that Tidal by itself connected through my McIntosh will not deliver the full MQA experience and need an MQA compatible DAC. So I was told Buesound Node 2 would happen to do just that. My issue with this set-up is that the Burr Brown Chip on this 599$ (CDN) is not at the level of the DAC built in my McIntosh. Would I, at the end of the day ended up with worse quality music than feeding it with the USB cable and using my McIntosh DAC while not having the full MQA experience. Second part of this: The Audirvana Plus has MQA capability, does this solve my issues and would I get the full MQA experience? I want to integrate Blusesound in order to remove Airplay from my system because it can't stream 24 bit while bluesound could. Hope I make sense here as this is my first post. Thanks Saby
  24. ROON and MQA news updates for Lumin Universal Audiophile Network Players and Systems. ROON is now part of the upgrade to Lumin <8.0> for all products D1, A1, T1, S1, U1. (The only thing left to do will be the L1 media library as a upnp device!). Roon is working well on our end with LUMIN products natively (not going through airplay). To use: 1. Have a computer running Roon core 2. Computer and LUMIN are on the same network 3. Roon app installed on the iPad 4. LUMIN/Roon running firmware 8.00+ It should work fine if all these are "yes". MQA: MQA ON LUMIN AS OF FEB. 23, 2017 1x = 16/44.1 Via Airplay bit perfect. Also: MQA at 24bit 48kHz is active In development for firmware updates. (Dates TBD but should be done by Q2/Q3 2017). 2x = 24/88.2 or 24/96 4x = 24/176 or 24/192 8x = 24/352 or 24/384 2x (or maximum 4x) is all that is really required from a technical point of view. Universal Music Group has now signed on with MQA, and their labels include: *** ECM, Interscope, Geffen, A&M, Capitol, Island, Def Jam, Decca, Verve, Blue Note, Virgin, and EMI *** Re: MQA now on Tidal For those using Lumin app, there should now be a Masters category under Tidal. If you don't see it, please kill the app and retry. You can also ‘tag’ MQA but does not yet give you the full MQA resolution (it down samples it to 24bit/48kHz for now), which is still an improvement over 16bit/44.1kHz . Lumin has full MQA support in the works, so we should see that in the near future. Additionally, MQA also plays bit perfect via airplay at 16bit/44.1. Lumin app for iPad, iPhone and Android tablets available at: http://www.luminmusic.com/lumin‐app.html Click here to visit the full lineup of Lumin Music Players To start your free Roon trial click here Click here for the latest information on MQA
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