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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
  2. Mytek Manhattan II Black REDUCED! View Classified 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. $3800 including shipping (FEDEX Ground) and Payp
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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.

    2,900.00 USD

  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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 • DSD
  7. Hey everyone, we currently have a Marantz SR7005 receiver, to which we have our speakers connected to. The Marantz does not support MQA format, so our question was, whether we could use an external DAC which supports MQA, who gets the signal from a MacBook, and then connect that DAC to our Marantz, who then again sends it to our speakers. Would that allows us to stream songs in MQA Quality to our speakers? If not, how could we stream it? And do you guys have any recommendations for a good MQA Dac? Thank you in advance for your answers.
  8. Hi , the reason I started this topic was because of the question I had in my mind and couldn't find an answer elsewhere . I have a ifi nano idsd dac and because of firmware limitation (5.2 vs 5.3) I have to choose between MQA decoder or DSD256 in DoP mode . since I have a roon hqplayer setup , I wanted to ask if it is worth to stick with mqa and DSD128 DoP or it is better to use no-mqa and DSD256 DoP and upsample everything (mqa and non-mqa songs) with this setting in hqplayer ? p.s : Sorry for my rusty English 😬🙏
  9. This listing is completed.

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    I'm selling a PS Audio DirectStream Junior DAC and streamer, in silver and in perfect condition. It's like new, from a pet and smoke free home, no scratches either. This DAC is one of the few FPGA based solutions and unique in a way that its FPGA code can be updated via firmware updates. The FPGA code is responsible for the main sound character, so far there have been six updates since its initial release and more is expected from Ted Smith who is the "brain" behind the sound. It's a DSD and MQA capable DAC which is also Roon Ready, but could be used via UPnP as well. The DAC and the Bridge II interface is updated to the latest firmwares. It's shipping with original packaging which includes the DAC, the remote, the manual and a standard EU power cord. Buyer pays shipping and PayPal fees. It is shipping from Europe. Some reviews: https://positive-feedback.com/reviews/hardware-reviews/ps-audio-directstream-junior-dac/ https://www.hifiplus.com/articles/ps-audio-directstream-jr-digital-to-analogue-converter/ https://darko.audio/2016/08/digital-audio-comes-of-age-with-ps-audios-directstream-junior/

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  10. View Classified PS Audio DirectStream Junior DAC I'm selling a PS Audio DirectStream Junior DAC and streamer, in silver and in perfect condition. It's like new, from a pet and smoke free home, no scratches either. This DAC is one of the few FPGA based solutions and unique in a way that its FPGA code can be updated via firmware updates. The FPGA code is responsible for the main sound character, so far there have been six updates since its initial release and more is expected from Ted Smith who is the "brain" behind the sound. It's a DSD and MQA capable DAC which
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. I have got ROON up and going, playing MQA to the Mytek Manhattan II with no issues. Roon even recognizes the Manhattan when it is connected via the USB Bridge.
  14. Post, by "art" at SHF...a devastating paragraph that basically sums it all up concerning the press and subjective reports about MQA- "Done a lot of listening to MQA, even with a Grammy-winning engineer at his studio and his 200k home system. For a story coming in a mainstream weekly. He thought MQA was joke, of course. I was the AXPONA audio fest earlier in the year, various listening rooms and had hosts switch back and forth between MQA and the same hi-res files. Of course MQA was never as good, and it was obvious to the others in the rooms. Lots of head shaking. An Aurender rep t
  15. "the aero-optics effects of air moving over the turret of airborne laser weapons has traditionally been a challenge. Hostutler said the USAF is working to further mitigate this jitter..." www.janes.com/article/78688/us-air-force-still-struggling-with-stabilising-airborne-lasers The music industry is small change against this business opportunity. Go Bob, make some millions deblurring laser-turrets! MZA - Master Zaps Authenticated.
  16. https://www.stereophile.com/content/mqa-drm-and-other-four-letter-words
  17. https://www.audiostream.com/content/mqa-drm Have at it. I suggest posting evidence of DRM at the audiostream site.
  18. You are correct I have been amazed at the hostility toward the audio press by both audio manufacturers and audiophiles I’ve met at shows since T.H.E. Show in 2016. But I think you can say they earned it over the years. Let’s review the history of the MQA launch in the audiophile world. The first credible criticism of MQA was in December 2014. Criticism of MQA in the audiophile press was ignored in 2015 and early 2016. Late in 2016 valid criticism was noticed by the audio press but dismissed. In 2017 the audio press couldn’t ignore the criticism of MQA and started attacking the peop
  19. I was just searching over internet and I have discovered that PS Audio use (MQA Certified) conversdigital module in their Bridge II. If I'm not wrong, this is the way PS Audio use to decode MQA. Not in the DAC itself but in the renderer. Does this open new possibilities to decode MQA without changing the DAC? Could they be available in the future a sort of MQA-enabled Renderer that unfold and decode the MQA file and pass it to the DAC? Regards,
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. Zen & the Art of A/D Conversion: "In a series of recent feature articles for Stereophile, Jim Austin has examined how the controversial MQA codec works: "MQA Tested, Part 1," "MQA Tested Part 2: Into the Fold," "MQA Contextualized," "MQA, DRM, and Other Four-Letter Words," and, most recently, "MQA: Aliasing, B-Splines, Centers of Gravity." I doubt there is a Stereophile reader who is unaware of the fracas associated with MQA, and I have been repeatedly criticized on web forums for describing its underlying concept as "elegant." But elegant it is, I feel. MQA Ltd.'s
  24. iFi audio have released new MQA firmware (v5.3) with MQA rendering support. Supported Products: Retro Stereo 50 micro iDAC2 micro iDSD Black Label & micro iDSD nano iDSD Black Label, nano iDSD LE and nano iDSD nano iOne See the Press Release for details. MQA seems to be infiltrating everything these days...
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