1. J

    Best way to integrate Dirac without compromises?

    Hi everyone! First of all I have to say this community was already very helpful, thank you everyone! So I am in the process of building myself a 2.0 or 2.1 system for Tidal streaming. For amplification I would like to go with the NAD M22 but I have difficulties finding a proper streamer/DAC...
  2. C

    Graphic equaliser Vs DSP (or similar)

    I'm looking into room correction and I was just wondering if it were possible to use one of those old boxes known as a graphic equaliser instead of something like mini DSP (et al)? For example: I could use a UMIK-1 connected to my computer along with REW, pass a test tone through my speakers...
  3. Mehdiem

    Tidal HiFi vs HiFi Plus: Can you hear the difference?

    I have been using Tidal HiFi Plus for a while now. I used to listen to MQA all the time, and lately decided not to as I read a few articles against MQA. My new DAC (RME) is not supporting MQA either. This made me think that I might need to downgrade my Tidal account to HiFi only. ($10 vs $20)...
  4. M

    Direct streaming Tidal MQA via main stream streamer

    Hi I'm a newbie to the DACs and streamers. I've subscribed to Tidal Hi-fi plus and would like to stream (not to download) those MQA Hi-Res music to my home gear for listening. After checking for many products that are affordable to me, the followings that can fully decode MQA and have streaming...
  5. ThatM1key

    An article John Lennon would be proud of

    I recently got another MQA article recommended (despite me not liking MQA at all). I usually read them, chuckle, and move on. Article comes from "Part Time Audiophile" or whatever there name is. I get recommended articles from so many companies. Basically the author gets a sampler MQA CD...
  6. slurp

    FS: Topping D90 (AKM MQA) [US]

    Like new, in pristine condition. AK4499 chip. Includes remote, Bluetooth antenna, manual, power cable, and factory packaging. Asking $700. Ships free to lower 48.
  7. P

    Topping EX5?

    I really want to get this DAC/Amp, but I'm afraid I may end up punting it across the room from that MQA logo staring at me all day. Does this device force all my digital music files through the MQA signal chain?
  8. M

    Help! - SMSL Su-8s only playing MQA files on tidal @44.1khz

    Hi guys, I've just got the SMSL Su-8s and I'm struggling to get MQA playback on Tidal working properly as it seems to only want to play 44.1khz I have downloaded the drivers from Shenzen audio "" and installed them but when playing a Master track on...
  9. TurbulentCalm

    Seriously, Another MQA Thread Killed by the Mods!

    Seriously guys what harm is there discussing the various issues with the MQA protocol? Are we breaking the forums rules? After all this isn’t the very stuff that Audio Science Review should be encouraging, I would think. Maybe the members of this forum should be allowed to comment on this...
  10. dkinric

    MQA - "I'm not quite dead yet..."

    I got an email from Radio Paradise today noting their 21st birthday. In the note I found this nugget: For you audiophiles: We’ve always prided ourselves on providing the highest quality audio of any radio station anywhere in the world. We are now pleased to offer another audio upgrade. Owners...
  11. S

    Good MQA capable DAC under $300 (preferable at/under $200)?

    Hi, I've been looking for a dual-purpose DAC/amp/preamp for my systems. One of them being an IEM, a Campfire Audio IO; and a stereo system: A sony str-dh190 connected to a pair of Fyne Audio F302's Right now, I'm just using the 3.5mm port of my phone and laptop, occasionally using Bluetooth (on...
  12. GoldenOne

    MQA Deep Dive - I published music on tidal to test MQA

    EDIT: UPDATED with most current information. Introduction MQA is a proprietary music compression solution that uses the FLAC container. It requires a license fee for manufacturers to implement it, and due to the lack of transparency from MQA, there has been relatively little conclusive...
  13. P

    DAC with MQA, balanced outputs and headphone amp

    I am trying to find a DAC to suit my needs. I was about to purchase the DacMagic 200M for my birthday until I saw it had A LOT of problems. I want a DAC that has: - MQA decoding - balanced XLR outputs (for powered speakers - Adam T7Vs) - headphone amp (for my Sony MDR-7506) - 32bit/768kHz PCM...
  14. GoldenOne

    Testing MQA: Is it worse than FLAC?

    EDIT: UPDATED with most current information. Introduction MQA is a proprietary music compression solution that uses the FLAC container. It requires a license fee for manufacturers to implement it, and due to the lack of transparency from MQA, there has been relatively little conclusive...
  15. M

    Another MQA thread ;)

    Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum as a member, but have read threads in this forum many times before with great interest! I can see, that the guys here are WAY above my level, so I hope you will forgive me for sounding like the amateur, I am :) My question below is about MQA quality. If you...
  16. ThatM1key

    The Loudness Wars has invaded the streaming services.

    While I was listening to music on tidal I noticed this one track sounded louder than usually. The track was "every rose has its thorn" by poison. I directly downloaded the songs from Qobuz and Tidal to compare. I will be using the DR Tool with Foobar2000. Yes I do own this specific song. DRM...
  17. R

    MQA, where is decoding done, what is required?

    I am not quite clear at which point MQA is decoded and what is required for this. Does the decoding take place in the DAC chip or is an additional circuit or chip required? I don't want to spark a discussion about MQA here, enough has already been said in the forum. I'm only interested in the...
  18. B

    DAC with display, remote, BT, opt/coax input and warmest sound

    It must have: - Display - Remote control - BT 5.0 receiver or higher, with aptX HD and LDAC support - Optical/coaxial input (for a Compact Disc player), besides USB input for full performance - Warmest sound possible (simulating tube amp sound if possible) - Is Full MQA decoding desirable? (I...
  19. mssngpeces

    TIDAL HI-FI + ROON: some albums only offer an MQA version?

    Hello, I recently installed Roon on my computer and found out that some albums I've been playing are not being played in FLAC, but seems to be a downsampled version of the MQA version (see picture). I'm confused since I selected HiFi in streaming quality (and not master, as I've read it is...
  20. M

    DAP for the desktop

    I have a Tidal subscription, some content in wacky fomats like dsd, etc. I used to use apps like Audirvana and Tidal on Mac/PC. Now I'm mostly on linux all the time, it's just easier for work, and I work all the time. Problems with this situation include: 1) no MQA in Tidal web (I'm familiar...
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