MQA Reviewed

February 8, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Time for a real curve ball, HQPlayer. In order to use HQPlayer with the Meridian Prime, I had to change software settings for the microRendu, which takes about a minute. Since sending music through HQPlayer breaks the MQA chain, I was only able to compare HQPlayer upsampling everything to 24/192 PCM (using the poly-sinc-mp, NS5 settings) to my recent memory of the MQA-decoded version. Hmm. There remains the more obvious Ms. Simone to the right placement with MQA, but HQPlayer appears to add, back?, some of that lovely spatial information that MQA did so well with this recording. In other words, HQPlayer helped close the gap between the 24/96 file played through the Meridian Prime and the MQA-encoded/decoded version.”


MQA streaming on iOS and Android begins next week

January 7, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“First Audiophiles take note: #mqa streaming on iOS and Android begins next week. Find out more on #darkoaudio. Link in bio.

Cary Audio AiOS Integrated Amplifier/DAC/Streamer $2,995 Review

November 27, 2017 § Leave a comment


Quiet passages conveyed ample negative space and were noise-free. And when the clangorous swells of guitars and keyboards eventually burst in, the sound retained a sense of ease, as opposed to becoming strained. Furthermore, the bass guitar sounded rock-solid and deep, and it retained its fullness over a range of volume levels. For kicks, I turned on SRC again to convert the Tidal FLAC stream to DSD. Same as with the Young track, the sound transformed in a good way: Details that had been layered deep in the mix, such as burbling synths and a forlorn, faraway trumpet, gained in clarity. To use a visual metaphor for what I was hearing, it was like tweaking the focus on a pair of binoculars.

Introduction into the Roon music – Video

November 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

AudioCast Review better than Google? – Video

September 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

Major MQA Announcements at the Berlin IFA Show

September 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“Korean-based hi-res streaming service, Groovers, has confirmed it is working on MQA mobile and desktop implementation for its platform, due to launch by the end of 2017. This follows recent news from b2b digital music solutions provider, 7digital, that it will be powering a forthcoming hi-res streaming service, HDmusicStream, using MQA technology to deliver studio quality audio.”

Pandora Premium Music Service Review

July 21, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“Is Pandora’s Premium service a formidable competitor to major players like Apple Music, Spotify, and TIDAL? Maybe the best answer is: not just yet. On paper, it doesn’t yet compete with those services in terms of overall functionality: access is limited primarily to phones, and it can’t serve as your all-in-one music player, since it can’t integrate your personal files. Still, there’s a lot to like about it, especially if (like me) you’ve used Pandora’s free service for years and created/fine-tuned a large collection of stations that you like. Premium builds more functionality and flexibility into those stations while giving you more direct access to specific songs, artists, and albums–all through a nice, streamlined interface.”

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