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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. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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 😬🙏
  5. 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/

    2,300.00 USD

  6. 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
  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. Extra Ordinary MQA Easter Egg Introduction With Easter just around the corner, iFi audio has delivered an eagerly anticipated upgrade option as a very special Easter gift. iFi first introduced MQA into its product mix with the nano iDSD Black Label in November 2017. Since then, iFi customers across the globe have been asking when this option would be available in other iFi products. The good news is that the latest improvements to the nano Black Label firmware version 5.30, ‘Cookies & Cream’, does just that. Mqa for all This latest firmware flavour not only adds the latest scoop
  9. 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.
  10. https://www.audiostream.com/content/mqa-drm Have at it. I suggest posting evidence of DRM at the audiostream site.
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  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. 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
  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. 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,
  17. 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.
  18. https://www.stereophile.com/content/mqa-drm-and-other-four-letter-words
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. Yesterday I noticed that the Neil Young albums in MQA all had vanished. Below is how XXHighEnd has registered them earlier on (say 6 weeks ago). So these were there (for Holland at least) and the only one still listed is the Hitchhiker album (bottom left). But even that reports normal CD quality now by the decoder (notice this one was MQA 44.1 already, but today it is reported as normal 44.1). In the Tidal Desktop Player this thus still shows as MQA, but it can't be producing MQA any more (no blue light, if all is right). What I regard very fishy is that th
  22. So Tidal has 24/96 MQA tracks now, but I'm having trouble finding much that I like from their limited catalog. Can anybody suggest some punchy happy pop/techno/electronic type tracks that they know are on there in MQA that I could listen to? Tidal's search function always has, and continues to, suck terribly. Cheers
  23. I received Feb 2018's copy of the absolute sound - Turning to the reader's letters section, I noticed, as expected some comments re: MQA and saw the published letters. Both, in general, are negative towards MQA. However they are extremely curious. First one, I like the most, raises a point which I missed completely: MQA in addition to everything wrong with it we have discussed, also carries one more wrong: It is part of the strategy the labels would love to move to - a future with nothing but streaming. Think about it! It is positively dystopian! They want to condemn us to a f
  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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