CES 2017: MQA announces TIDAL Masters, and more
Jun 29, 2020 at 2:23 PM Post #691 of 695

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A bit late but listen to Elton John's Captain Fantastic if you haven't already. The MQA version sounds like vinyl, especially the cut called Writing. Superb!

Thanks but wow you're replying to a very old post. I've since purchased a lot more equipment including an MQA DAC. I compared fully unfolded Tidal MQA to Qobuz Hi-Res streaming and HD Tracks Hi-Res downloads. I find MQA and other Hi-Res music equally good, so not sure MQA is worth all the trouble but I do enjoy helping other people set it up. I could go on, but you'll find many more posts from me throughout this thread and others.
 
Jun 29, 2020 at 2:38 PM Post #692 of 695

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Thanks but wow you're replying to a very old post. I've since purchased a lot more equipment including an MQA DAC. I compared fully unfolded Tidal MQA to Qobuz Hi-Res streaming and HD Tracks Hi-Res downloads. I find MQA and other Hi-Res music equally good, so not sure MQA is worth all the trouble but I do enjoy helping other people set it up. I could go on, but you'll find many more posts from me throughout this thread and others.

Thanks, no need to go on. I am happy with MQA and it's quite cheap here, no brainer to be on Tidal hifi compared to anything else.
 
Jan 30, 2021 at 2:16 PM Post #693 of 695

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Sorry to dig up old thread. But, I am trying to determine if there is a Apple BigSur OS 11.1 friendly version of AudioQuest's DragonFlyRed firmware updater out there. I went the AudioQuest site, and found the "AQ Device Manger" app. It will not run on macOS Big Sur 11.1 citing the developer needs to update the app. for security reasons.

Maybe, I've already don this in a earlier version of Mac OS? Tidal give me a choice to "pass through MQA", which I think means turn it off. Would this be an indicator that my DragonFlyRed is indeed working with Tidal's MQA?

Finally, I have a Schiit Asgard TrueMultibit on order. I know this doesn't support MQA. I mostly listen to music on Tidal. Should I hold out for an MQA compatible amp/DAC? I see Cambridge is coming out with one in February.

Thanks for your help.
 
Mar 21, 2021 at 2:21 PM Post #694 of 695

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Sorry to dig up old thread. But, I am trying to determine if there is a Apple BigSur OS 11.1 friendly version of AudioQuest's DragonFlyRed firmware updater out there. I went the AudioQuest site, and found the "AQ Device Manger" app. It will not run on macOS Big Sur 11.1 citing the developer needs to update the app. for security reasons.

Maybe, I've already don this in a earlier version of Mac OS? Tidal give me a choice to "pass through MQA", which I think means turn it off. Would this be an indicator that my DragonFlyRed is indeed working with Tidal's MQA?

Finally, I have a Schiit Asgard TrueMultibit on order. I know this doesn't support MQA. I mostly listen to music on Tidal. Should I hold out for an MQA compatible amp/DAC? I see Cambridge is coming out with one in February.

Thanks for your help.
Hi I don't have anything from Apple but when I used to not have Windows installed anywhere I was often screwed with various updaters so yeah. Is it possible to install Windows in a VM on your apple and maybe run the updater from there or do it on a trusted buddie's PC?

Passthrough MQA means the desktop app will pass the data stream to your DAC without processing it. This is to support DACs that have MQA support. If you want the desktop app to do the first unfold you uncheck that, the app will unfold, and then the DAC sees a higher rate bitstream in some cases. You can flip passthrough on or off regardless of whether the DAC supports MQA. And I think some of the Audioquest DACs don't do full unfolds so anyway they're not better than the desktop app probably.

I don't see any reason to wait for Cambridge for anything. They and schiit have been reticent / militant regarding DSD and MQA while other companies have given us choices. There are enough good companies around to be able to choose good gear that plays anything and everything.

You didn't say where you are or how much you want to spend. I have several MQA DACs and I think it's worth having one if you want the best of Tidal from a technical standpoint. But after listening to the desktop app doing the 1st unfold and fully unfolded streams I don't think there is a big difference most of the time. The desktop app does a pretty good job. I don't think you lose much if you use software unfold especially if you have a good external DAC.
 
Mar 25, 2021 at 3:05 AM Post #695 of 695

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Anyone using spotify here? 😅 I've been reading all those mqa stuffs from 2017 upto 2021 in this forum, never heard a single spotify user. I think they already have a lossless as well, though in my country it isn't supported.
 

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