- Dec 14, 2019
? As far as I know it most certainly can do that. Over in the X16 thread people are using the NODE 2i streamer for example to do just that..
USB supports MQA full expansion decoding. C0AX/ AES/OPT/IIS supports MQA hardware rendering. Automatically recognize and render the MQA digital stream after the first level is expanded.
So, if you bought a few of those MQA CDs from Chesky Records or one of the 200+ "UHQCD" discs from CD Japan, the Gustard X16 won't decode them when being fed over COAX S/PDIF from a standard CD transport. You'll have to rip them to FLAC and stream over USB (or buy the NEO iDSD from iFi Audio instead). Hey, what do you want for $499??!