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MQA bad for Music?

Discussion in 'audio' started by kenniGT, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. kenniGT

    kenniGT pfm Member

  2. thebiglebowski

    thebiglebowski pfm Member

    I wouldn't trust anything Linn say. Meridian have their own motives for promoting MQA and Linn for dismissing it.
  3. Rodney gold

    Rodney gold Im just me...

    They pissed off cos it has no K in it and they didnt think of it first?
  4. abbydog

    abbydog pfm Member

    Would be nice if our so-called hi-if journalists took a look at this, wouldn't it?
  5. crimsondonkey

    crimsondonkey pfm Member

    Thoughts are that Linn are full of shit and quelle surprise they don't like something Meridian have done, :rolls eyes
  6. kenniGT

    kenniGT pfm Member

    I think linn's article explains this:

    MQA is on the market for quite a while but only couple companies support hardware MQA...
    MQA kicked off only after Tidal involvement but streamer producers are not so keen to join the party. Why? well, licence cost I guess.
  7. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    No doubt licensing costs will be a barrier, but MQA also has other licensing requirements which some manufacturers may find unappealing, not least the requirement to share details of their designs.
  8. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    Never mind the Linn v Meridian thing. I gave a stake in neither but I can't find anything to argue with in that article. I think it's spot on.
  9. radamel

    radamel pfm Member

    As it says right at the start it doesn't deal with sound quality, so IMO it's simply a not very good attempt at deriding MQA's business model.

    Quite boring I'd say.
  10. kenniGT

    kenniGT pfm Member

    Really?! That would be a deal beaker for me.
  11. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

    just waiting for MQA quad speed V.5 bollux
  12. Robert M

    Robert M pfm Member

    A bit green maybe.....
  13. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    Not really that interested in what Linn say. I reckon if they'd have thought of it, it would be labeled as the future of music.
    However, I do have reservations of my own. It appears that MQA's "remastering" is largely down to Bob Stuart's taste, much like any other remastering is at the behest of the guy behind the desk.
    Using Bluesound & Tidal, flipping between MQA & regular CD quality, the differences seem minimal & just that.....differences, as opposed to "better".
    For as long as Tidal Masters MQA is at no extra cost to the consumer, then hey, why not.
    However, I wonder if, a few months down the line, the price for Tidal MQA will rise above their hifi offering. Then I guess we will see if the market supports MQA, or it sinks.
  14. johnhunt

    johnhunt pfm Member

    A more restrained critique from Linn would have sounded less desperate. It reads like they are worried by Mqa and a tiny bit jealous.
  15. johnhunt

    johnhunt pfm Member

    Mqa will get their revenue from tiny portions of streaming income. Particularly , at a first , from mostly dormant legacy libraries like the warners school of rock. I'd also be surprised if Tidal tried to increase fees as their upside is more members
  16. Julf

    Julf Evil brother of Mark V Shaney

    So people who don't want MQA still end up subsidizing it?
  17. johnhunt

    johnhunt pfm Member

    dont really understand your point tbh.the Mqa revenue would likely only come from Mqa streams.
  18. sunbeamgls

    sunbeamgls pfm Member

    Might be worth reading the article without thinking about who wrote it and then reassess what it means rather than immediately resorting to banal mudslinging.
  19. johnhunt

    johnhunt pfm Member

    I have re read the article and it reads just as I described. Really struggling with the idea that Mqa can damage music. it might damage Linn of course
  20. kenniGT

    kenniGT pfm Member

    Well, if you will need to pay more for Tidal account or streamer/DAC it will damage... your budget.

    One have to admit MQA is very intelligently designed product. Something like you eat cake and you have cake. You do not have to pay for it and you have it. But if you look closer it is a bit different story. It is intelligent product for Meridian, for others not so. If you are DAC producer you will need to pay for it and share bits of your design(!). Licencing will probably affect everyone who wants to have MQA certification on their product. At the end of the day, customer will need to cover this cost.
    And if you want to use it for free like now on Tidal... you will only get small piece of cake, and if you like it and want more, you have to pay. You need hardware with MQA certification ($). This photo explains how it works:


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