perhaps not relevant but take “doubling down” specs with a grain of salt. Manufacturers often understate the 8ohm power to give the appearance of doubling.
Stereophile measures the Levinson at 400w into 8 ohms and 1250w into two ohms.
They have the Krell at 280w into 8 ohms and about 850w into two
of course engineers and measurements can be biased. That’s why we have proper experimental design.
What is missing is the following:
“Trust your ears” in this context actually means “trust your eyes” and this is always biased.
Is it feasible that the “Hifi” tier will simply be deliberately hobbled MQA (with the mqa flag removed)?
That way, anyone comparing “Hifi” and “hifi plus” will of course be astounded at how good MQA sounds.
This is what my TIDAL app says… edit actually forget it I was going to point out that the pricing seems very different to what the article stated but then I remembered that if you subscribe through the app, Apple adds a margin on top
For me, the main issue with MQA is probably unrelated to this thread: it's their ability to effectively impose DRM if they so choose. You can argue technicalities but if/when MQA controls authentication at all levels of the chain, then they control the quality of what you hear and what they can...
Precisely, it’s been there from the start. Once they control the chain it’s end to end DRM. And if they control the chain up to the point where the only “master” that exists is MQA then everyone is held hostage.
That is my fundamental objection. I know it’s not quite the topic being discussed...
Because when they control both versions they then have the ability to hobble the non-MQA version thus “proving” the MQA version is better.
Not saying they are doing this (yet) but they could if they choose to. Then you get a situation where you need an MQA capable DAC and they get licensing...