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    MQA vs HiRez: an apples-to-apples comparison

    What's the score? Has anyone chosen C (MQA) over D (hi res - 24/88.2 correct?)?
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    MQA vs HiRez: an apples-to-apples comparison

    Yes, but all PCM on Tidal is 16/44.... The Hi Res version is 24/48 (available usual places) and the MQA version reports as 24/48, so as close your going to get to being sure "MQA was derived from the same master..." without inside info or post analysis I suppose. When Tidal was batch dumping MQA albums by the 100's a day this was one. I am confident (as I can be) this is the same master...
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    The neat thing about this whole MQA episode is how it puts a spotlight on just who are "key opinion makers". Yes, MQA played their cards well with the "Old Guard" trade publication/marketing apparatus, but it simply did not work. Scoggins puts up his 10 point business proposal as if there is something to it but in reality it's just so much talk, air and wishful thinking. Why? Well, besides the fact that MQA is a really thin sell under the best of circumstances, consumers in the end decide. Pre-internet sure, how would consumers communicate? The Old Guard sells apparatus might have worked in the past, or at least worked long enough for widespread MQA adoption to be $worth$ it. Today the lay of the land is fundamentally changed. Even an "objectivist" such as Amir over at ASR has to lock down threads when he himself tries to sell MQA over and against everything he is supposed to be about. The speed of consumer thought is now much much faster - too fast for the Old Guard to keep up even when they have the competency with the subject (MQA revealed how technically/digitally ignorant they are). Will there be another MQA, another Bob Stuart? Of course. Will companies such Ayer feel the pressure in the beginning when the Old Guard do what they do? Yep. However there will be many more voices saying "Patience young grasshopper, let the voices who matter speak" 😉
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    MQA vs HiRez: an apples-to-apples comparison

    Bob James' "The New Cool" is one (in 48) that is available in MQA and 48 PCM on Tidal...just off the top of my head
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    Scoggins, himself a shareholder, just informed me that Bob Stewart has been hired to turn things around for the Vector car company: https://www.caranddriver.com/news/vector-avtech-wx-8-hpv-auto-shows
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    PLEASE folks, don't respond to this troll. Obviously he is a hired gun. On this thread it is clear the @The Computer Audiophilehas hired him to prick you and get clicks! 😋
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    MQA vs HiRez: an apples-to-apples comparison

    Well since they're in the DSP business now, and as a DSP software company that specifically focuses on "audiophiles", I wonder if they could not make use of such equipment. Just thinking out loud here...
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    I don't disagree with anything you said, but yours is a calm and reasonable take. It does not address the anxiety and desire for a DRM scheme that would work. MQA's attraction is that it is DRM that would work as a "freemium" model that does not depend on copy protection. The hope was that consumers would be "ok" with it.
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    The concern is not people like you and I who buy their 'jewels', but those who pirate it. It's hard to overstate how pissed off the industry is at the post 90's decline in sales and how they blame almost all of it on "piracy". If MQA begins and ends with DRM, then the anxiety inside the industry begins and ends with piracy (thus the need for DRM).
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    Bob Carver says this at the end of his essay on MQA: "...MQA is a paradigm shift only in the sense that it allows Tidal to violate the listener’s privacy...." What exactly is he referring in reference to end user privacy?
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    I don't recall these past occurances. I do have to wonder about your comprehension of both what Rober Harley and I are saying. Yes, he denies DRM. His denial does not withstand scrutiny. He does not understand what DRM is, or he is lying. Either way he is playing the fool, or rather trying to play the consumer as the fool. Here is a few sentences where he explains why the industry needs DRM and how MQA is that DRM: "...That development was both a blessing and a curse. The blessing was that here was a cheap and easy way to deliver to consumers the best-available representation of a recording. The curse was that the record companies were delivering to consumers the best-available representation of a recording—a recording that could easily be copied, shared, and even pirated for profit. The record labels’ opening of their vaults by selling high-bit-rate downloads would be tantamount to throwing open the doors to an unguarded shopping mall. Once their catalogs were out in the world, the record companies would have nothing left to sell...In addition to delivering unprecedented sound quality, MQA offers record companies a compelling solution to delivering to consumers the best possible sound while still protecting their archives. When you play an MQA file through an MQA decoder, you hear the high-resolution studio master, yet you never actually possess the high-resolution studio master."
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    Thanks for the correction of the article title. The sentence you quote is one of his efforts to deny MQA is DRM. This contradicts his longer argument (over several paragraphs) that the reason for MQA is that labels need DRM - a way to protect the "crown jewels" from the consumer. So his argument is a contradiction...except that it is not, MQA begins and ends with DRM just as he says, he is just part of Audiophiledom where the bald contradiction is par for the course...
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    The V8 in my SUV is bigger than your whole car.... 😋
  14. Thanks. A quick perusal did not indicate anything obvious that the owner/operator of that site is the same based on writing style, content, etc. but then it was a quick look over. I wonder if he borrowed the moniker? Also, that site is pretty thin, almost like a hobbyist site as opposed to a real industry player/writer.... All that said, what do I know 😋
  15. Well, send me some beam'n'butterfly when you are at it ;). Do you have any idea who Ship really is? Only maverick I can think of who it might be is Waldrep, but then I am not an "inside baseball" kind of guy when it comes to writers and the industry...
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