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QLM decoding 5 years 11 months ago #28262

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Hello guys,
just wondering about new upcoming QLM decoding format. Lets say miniDSP 2x4 HD would be able to coup with that new format ? Would be same issues with supporting it on hardware or software level ?

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QLM decoding 5 years 11 months ago #28263

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QLM? Do you mean MQA?

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QLM decoding 5 years 11 months ago #28272

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Thank you and sorry about mist-typing.. :sick: of course I men MQA .
www.mqa.co.uk/

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QLM decoding 5 years 11 months ago #28288

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@ gin

Combining the duplicated thread.
MQA requires decoding which to be honest we're not very knowledgeable with to know if that would even work.. We tried few months ago to get in touch with their team/online contact us page. We're still waiting to hear back... ;-)

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QLM decoding 5 years 11 months ago #28299

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Somebody is more lucky when another ..... One of the lucky people is was Hans Beekhuyzen.
www.youtube.com/channel/UCR4tuhqPppVp-PD0q17sPEA
He is really easy to get in touch with, he will share information with you,guaranty. Of course you know as same manufactures already producing hardware supporting that new decoding, some of them is there :
www.mqa.co.uk/customer/our-partners

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QLM decoding 5 years 8 months ago #29912

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On initial listening quality of MQA playback (using Tidal and Bluesound Speakers) is a worthwhile improvement.

Any progress on this - something like miniDSP 2x4HD with ability to decode MQA would be a killer product?

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On the topic of MQA, we can say for sure that we won't support the standard. Without providing much info of behind the scenes talk, this was one of the weirdest interaction we ever got with a company trying to license their IP.. We had a perfect platform to get it up and running. The type of questions and attitude we got from the company was "interesting" to say the least. :-)

Anyway, I'm afraid that it won't happen. Wishing them good luck!

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QLM decoding 5 years 8 months ago #30018

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I've been following this guy's analysis and measurements, and for my part, I think the MiniDSP made a difficult but wise call in not supporting MQA.

This is his latest of many blog posts on the subject:
archimago.blogspot.co.nz/2017/01/compari...-mqa-music-high.html

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Interesting post indeed. Very knowledgeable on his topic obviously..
Anyway, we don't want to get too much into the debate to be honest.. We will move on .. :-)

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QLM decoding 5 years 8 months ago #30173

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you actually do get a LOT of the MQA benefit using minidsp so long as it supports 24/96

Even just streaming the undecoded 2448 vs a local 1644 rip of the same music seems an improvement

But if you use the tidal ap , it does an unfolding to 2496 and adds some of the secret sauce .. the difference between the 2448 and the unfolded "sauced" 2496 is remarkable and profound.. you can switch decoding on or off as you listen.

You wont get full fat MQA, but even the skim milk version is worth it
costs me nothing to listen to the improved music ..im a tidal subscriber

My path is ministreamer , ddrc 22 D .... devialet....Giya G1's
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QLM decoding 5 years 8 months ago #30176

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Interesting discussion, a lot god points was made. Personally haven't had opportunity to listen MQA....sad. So personally would be really bad judge. Is it really so big differences as same is stating with MQA ?
After reading - archimago.blogspot.co.nz/2017/01/compari...-mqa-music-high.html
Conclusion would be as a lots snake oil is smeared on that MQA. Too much arrogance form MQA side is spread around in the world.
It is a product there: hifipig.com/mqa-integration-made-simple-ces-2016/
I had contacted XMOS and they confirmed as they produced that for MQA., but not allowed to sell with out MQA approval.
Just afraid to ask MQA for how they will sale it... I think it is alooooooot of zeros after same digests.

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Interesting post indeed. Very knowledgeable on his topic obviously..
Anyway, we don't want to get too much into the debate to be honest.. We will move on .. :-)

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hi Guys, do you still hold the same position on MQA 4 years later?
I can understand that business approach of MQA guys may be somewhat repelling, yet in Tidal I hear quite noticeable improvement in sound quality, when I allow the windows app to do the first unfold (to 96kHz).
I don't have opportunity to hear full MQA quality, because:
* Tidal App can do only first unfold and the second has to be done on dedicated hardware - I think this says a lot about MQA crew and business attitude (I believe I have enough CPU power to make 10 unfolds in real time so for me this dedicated hardware really smells bad)
* I love the sound of my Yggdrasil DAC so I'm not gonna change it to any other device only to get full MQA.

All above considered, if your SHD devices did just the first MQA unfold it would be beneficial for the user community. Do you think that is possible?

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