MQA enabled DAC
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Hi there, I want to buy an MQA enabled DAC, but for some reason is seems to be extremely hard to find a quality MQA DAC in my budget range, which would be around $1000. The Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital seems to be one option and is way below my budget (which is a good thing), but I don't see raving reviews about its sounds quality which kind off defeats the purpose of listening to MQA tracks. Audioquest's DragonFly series looks interesting, but I want to go for a desktop solution not a mobile one and the BlueSound Node also doesn't have an impressive sound quality (like is the case with the Pro-Ject). So my primary would be: Can anybody around here recommend an MQA enabled DAC under the $1000 mark that is better than the Pro-Ject? Also, is there any chance that Drop will bring an MQA-enabled DAC to market? I would love that.
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zep483
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Sep 17, 2019
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SMSL M500... I'm hoping drop has it soon...
Sep 17, 2019
yardleyjeff
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Aug 30, 2019
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I have a little Hiby R3 and it streams Tidal. I use the USB C out on the bottom of the R3 and it goes into my DAC with a micro USB.. and it is AMAZING.
Aug 30, 2019
rastus
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Aug 25, 2019
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MQA is another unneeded ploy by the recording industry to control music distribution and collect tithe... the artists are out of the barn along with DSD & FLAC,, they really don’t need a “recording industry” in the old sense very much... anymore... thus their concern, and why they push MQA... We have high speed streaming w/o the need for some form of musical software/hardware origami unfolding, really... we were able to stream "Gone with the Wind" in under 2 sec. back in the 90's,, consumer stuff is just catching up... I will next be getting a BT & “open” WiFi unit, with no licensing fees the next go-around. Get a DAC/player with everything else you want... that also happens to have MQA... Project is a good choice,, or... try a recording made in dsd, played back in dsd; rendered back to analog on an r-2r dac, amplified through some free-electron valves, into some decent cans or speakers,, mqa,,, really... we need this musical origami for exactly what,, again?? Tithing to Warner Records? Nice mqa chat here: https://drop.com/talk/18394/why-doesnt-massdrop-offer-any-da-cs-capable-of-rendering-mqa-files/2489757
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Aug 25, 2019
rastus
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Aug 28, 2019
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Holy Mother of God... finished the thread... darkness is trying to descend upon the sound of music once again, it's name is MQA, gather all your clean and uninfected FLAC & DSD files now! Care to share that Tidal tool? Wondered if this was doable.
Aug 28, 2019
Jackula
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Aug 28, 2019
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I can give you the tool sure, just I'm on vacation with my family right now. The tool requires registration and I wish there was a way I could pm you the details on Massdrop. Edit: actually you could message me on head-fi, I use the same username there.
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Aug 28, 2019