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  1. Norton

    Tidal MQA Classical Gems

    Funnily enough, I find the few MLP I’ve tried in MQA to be uniformly disappointing with a very obvious “squashed” character to the sound. I much prefer the CD box sets. But I can only dream of owning most of the MLP SACDs. Apart from a couple of titles, it looks like the opportunity to get them at a normal price passed long ago. Some really expensive examples on Amazon, although I can’t work out who would actually buy them. Of course, if you don’t want yours, happy to take them off your hands for the cost of shipping.....
  2. Great start to the series and enjoyable writing, however the question hanging in the air here is the Liberty. Given the features you do and don’t need, plus existing reports of comparative SQ, might not the Liberty be a better buy, even if falling outside your budget parameters?
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    MQA is Vaporware

    I continue to be amazed by the lengths you'll go to, to avoid admitting the simple fact that someone has a different view from your own on an audio codec. A word of advice - I wouldn't fling accusations around, such as the above and similar you've made about others on this site in your 32 posts to date, without being sure of your evidence.
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    Tidal MQA Classical Gems

    The Reformation is one of my favourite symphonies. Really enjoying the pared-back performance and excellent SQ from this set:
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    MQA is Vaporware

    I’m sure I’d cope if the eventuality you are so keen to talk up actually happens, but clearly it would a loss to you too...
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    MQA is Vaporware

    I don’t know for certain what your motivation for posting on this site is, although I note you don’ t seem to show much interest in audio or music other than posting in this thread, at least as @rwdvis. However if, for whatever reason, your intention is to try and impede MQA, let me tell you that the way you and some others go about it is entirely counterproductive. For example, I’m sure it wasn’t your intention, but your response to @ARQuint neatly validated his point. Until I read this thread I’d never heard of MQA. However such was the level of invective aimed against it and anyone remotely positive about it, especially from you and others like you, that after a while I smelt a rat. If the opposition to something is so over the top that people are prepared to compromise their basic human decency in their efforts to derail it, what are it’s opponents afraid of and what interest do they seek to advance - maybe there’s something in MQA? So I listened to MQA; surely it would sound terrible with the lossy compression, leaky filters, missing bits etc according to forum opinion? But no, it actually sounded rather wonderful, on occasion amongst the best digital replay I have ever heard and to the extent that I now have Tidal and Roon subscriptions and MQA forms a significant % of my ongoing listening. So to answer your question, my “stance” on MQA comes though 1. trusting my ears over forum opinion and 2. being prepared to face down forum bullys. Thank you for leading me to MQA.
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    Tidal MQA Classical Gems

    Fair enough. I was adventurous (for me) and added Rattle/Schoenberg to my library, but haven’t listened yet.
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    Tidal MQA Classical Gems

    Not sure you’ve got them all there, I can’t see Shostakovich 6, Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring or Tribute to Vaughan Williams. You can also try searching under London Symphony Orchestra (or see their entry in the MQA master list at Meridian Unplugged ). The various DECCA analogue classics are really worthwhile in MQA too (e.g. Ashkenazy Rachmaninov, Kertesz Dvorak, Maazel Sibelius)
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    MQA is Vaporware

    why stop at ARQuint?
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    Tidal MQA Classical Gems

    I love these in MQA, all duly in my Tidal favourites, esp the various Copland works, Strauss, Manfred.
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    MQA is Vaporware

    Rather proves @ARQuint‘s point I think.
  12. This looks good. I’d say your situation is reasonably close to mine so I will be interested to see what you choose. My sense is that there is comparatively little at the $3k>$5k mark that is MQA capable, either much less or much more. Maybe timing will allow the Pro iDSd to be considered, on the assumption that it will be MQA capable? Also interesting to see whether you conclude that a “full” MQA DAC is worthwhile or better just to stick with initial decode. Good luck with the quest.
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    Concrete Speakers Anyone?

    An interesting account George ( just listening now to the Everest/Copland via Tidal, obviously disadvantaged by the petite 15” woofers on my Cornwalls). I’m fairly sure there was a line of concrete speakers commercially available in the UK in the 1990s, but can’t remember the brand, Restek maybe?
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    Somewhat Off Topic: GDPR

    As with many things, a lot of this could be overreaction or misunderstanding rather than what GDPR actually requires. There are a number of permitted bases for processing, including a contract or legitimate interest. I don’t know your situation, but it might be the case that one of these reasons would have sufficed and that obtaining further consent was not required. Generally GDPR seems a benevolent thing to me, not least for immediately stemming the flow of spam.
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    Somewhat Off Topic: GDPR

    As DaQi rightly mentions, you also need to have taken demonstrable steps to keep the data you hold secure. I guess you are already fine on this in general (but don’t publish a member’s personal correspondence or email address to the wider CA community, as has been done from time to time) Important to note that a lot of this also applied pre GDPR, although I don’t know if GDPR brings in new and enforceable responsibilities for non EU processors.
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