MQA has a number of announcements today at CES 2017, and we're really excited to learn that MQA music now will be offered through TIDAL. TIDAL has launched a new feature called "TIDAL Masters" which will offer MQA music and sound quality to all of its TIDAL HiFi subscribers. So, if you're not a TIDAL subscriber yet, it sounds to me like a great time to become one. Click here for more information on TIDAL MASTERS.
MQA is also announcing that more products will be adding MQA implementation:
- Technics will be offering MQA implementation into their Grand Class SU-G30 Network Player Amplifier this year.
- AudioQuest will be bringing MQA implementation to the DragonFly Red and DragonFly Black later this year via a software update.
- Mytek is also offering MQA implementation in their new Mytek Clef DAC/amp, and you can read about the Mytek Clef by clicking here: Mytek Clef
- Audirvana will be offering MQA decoding in their upcoming Audirvana Plus 3, which is due to be released early 2017.
For more information, be sure to check out MQA's press release.
Audirvana 3? Does that mean, just like with Audirvana 2, I'll have to pay more $$s to upgrade to Audirvana 3? (Not sure if that is known yet or not). Since i just bought audirvana 2 a few days back.
Also: reading through MQA Q&A thing, WOW lot of complex information about audio. Still trying to wrap my head around it. Question: If i do NOT have MQA capable DAC or player (which, it looks like, a lot of us will not), my understanding is that the information unpacked will just be 44.1/16 (regular CD) right? But the assertion is that it will still sound a bit better than the same thing in a regular 44.1/16 FLAC, lets say? (if that comparison makes sense).
I'm still a bit unsure about MQA tbh. What do you guys here think about MQA? Do you think it will be the next thing to take over audiophile community? (Let's leave the "will it take over audio community in general aside, as it likely will not. Unlike some of the assertions in the Q&A I really do NOT believe that the general public will care enough about sound to start adopting MQA, unless it is forced at them - i.e. spotify and youtube move to MQA audio).