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    Quote Originally Posted by d6jg View Post
    How one wonders? There isn’t that much pre encoded stuff available is there? Is it the same playlist as main mix?
    I've not heard the MQA Radio Paradise stream but as the MQA process can be applied to Albums in a "batch process" I guess that this is done to the stream.

    Or, as Tidal is applying this "Batch Process" to all CD files it supplies, perhaps RP just uses that "converted" playlist

    Or something

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man in a van View Post
    I've not heard the MQA Radio Paradise stream but as the MQA process can be applied to Albums in a "batch process" I guess that this is done to the stream.

    Or, as Tidal is applying this "Batch Process" to all CD files it supplies, perhaps RP just uses that "converted" playlist

    Or something

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    Kinda puts the lie to the "authenticated" part of MQA, doesn't it? No involvement whatsoever by the original musicians or mastering engineers in an automated batch process...
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    There are three 'folds' IIRC that MQA makes to the file, two of which can be unfolded by software and the third fold requires MQA hardware.

    It is a solution to a problem that really no longer exists for most of us - they were trying (in 2013) to reduce the size of high quality files like FLAC so they could be streamed over limited bandwidth internet connections. A strreamed FLAC file probably runs to 5Mbps maximum so for most homes today with fibre broadband there is no need to bother with MQA, just stream lossless.

    They claim MQA improves the sound even though it is a lossy format and it could be the final result sounds better to some ears, hence the controversy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Man in a van View Post
    I've not heard the MQA Radio Paradise stream but as the MQA process can be applied to Albums in a "batch process" I guess that this is done to the stream.

    Or, as Tidal is applying this "Batch Process" to all CD files it supplies, perhaps RP just uses that "converted" playlist

    Or something

    ronnie
    So after they apply the MQA process to an album it miraculously sounds better I suppose. Or it sounds worse until you play it back on an MQA certified DAC to make it sound exactly the same as it did before

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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    So they apply the MQA process to an album

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    I have to say that this is whot I read ont'interweb

    But it make sense that it has to be a process similar to this, as doing a remix using the real, original master for each Album would be / is a time consuming process. If the masters still exist, can be located, still play

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heuer View Post
    There are three 'folds' IIRC that MQA makes to the file, two of which can be unfolded by software and the third fold requires MQA hardware.

    It is a solution to a problem that really no longer exists for most of us - they were trying (in 2013) to reduce the size of high quality files like FLAC so they could be streamed over limited bandwidth internet connections. A strreamed FLAC file probably runs to 5Mbps maximum so for most homes today with fibre broadband there is no need to bother with MQA, just stream lossless.

    They claim MQA improves the sound even though it is a lossy format and it could be the final result sounds better to some ears, hence the controversy.
    I think one of the drivers for MQA is harvesting licensing revenue at various stages of the MQA encoding/decoding process...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Bob View Post
    I think one of the drivers for MQA is harvesting licensing revenue at various stages of the MQA encoding/decoding process...

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    That must be the only driver. Nothing else makes sense. Has anyone said MQA is better than lossless?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    That must be the only driver. Nothing else makes sense. Has anyone said MQA is better than lossless?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man in a van View Post
    Where's Mandy Rice-Davies when she's needed
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