But,, standards, like Red Book, are double edged swords that can assist in guaranteeing a form of quality while also stifling innovation,,, in the name of profit,,, and worse— it essentially begat the devil-spawn MP3... the antithesis of HiFi,,,,
DSD (SACD) was to be the next up-tic in quality - money making successor to CD’s; but was almost DOA in the CD saturated consumer market. With the patent abandoned by Sony, It has become a gratis gift standard to audio, with studios now recording in DSD.
A new standard to lock-in licensing fees and hardware is MQA. This is the new shill scam, money grubbing, fleece your pocket, “invention”, while lowering SQ in the guise of serving the market needs, in speed of distribution, yadi-yada... careful what you ask for in standards,, try DSD instead,,, think of it as an accidental gift from the Three Princesses of Serindip, (or Sony;)
What we can really use is a license-free standard; for a made-for-audio VCSEL based audio interconnect.