Originally Posted by Captdave
looks like the Oppo media control DBP 10X app doesn't work, what about Bluesound node 2i for MQA
I know this topic has come up before and I’ve commented on my experiences with UPnP/DLNA streaming of MQA tracks from TIDAL to the Oppo 205, but it’s worth repeating.
Oppo did clearly state that full MQA decoding AND rendering of an MQA stream (not talking about MQA-CD ) was only available via USB input; however, I get full decoding & rendering using “mConnect HD” as a UPnP controller on my iPad, which instructs the Oppo 205 to fetch the MQA song from the TIDAL servers directly. The Oppo sees the UPnP/DLNA stream coming straight from the TIDAL servers the same way it sees an undecoded MQA stream over USB and decodes and renders it the same way over analogue outputs. The screen shows the album artwork, the MQA bit depth, sample rate, and metadata for the highest studio original resolution on INFO screens 1 & 2.
I emailed Oppo when I discovered this, and asked if this was actually MQA decoding. And they said it was the same as USB processing of an MQA stream. Oppo has never publicly said you can get full MQA support over UPnP streaming. I’m guessing that might have something to do with certification and licensing of MQA, which maybe was only done for the USB input (and MQA CD) on the Oppo 205 before they got out of the player business, and therefore can’t advertise that capability.
I’m surprised more people haven’t tried the mConnect apps on their iPhones or iPads with the Oppo 205 (there are Android versions too but I haven’t used them); they’re cheap (I’ve read that the free versions may not work the same with the Oppo so I recommend the paid versions). The mConnect player apps work pretty good, but they have some issues: queue will stop playing at times; it drops the connection if the app is backgrounded for too long; and, it doesn’t do gapless playback (but that’s really an Oppo issue with gapless over UPnP on all their players).
Anyway, I hope others will try it, and not just assume it won’t work because the *public* statement from Oppo said MQA only works over USB. And, post your experiences if you do try it, thanks.
Edit: a link to a previous post: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/149-b...l#post56820476
Edit2: see Post 7165 below for a correction about the mConnect app playing the stream to the Oppo vs the Oppo 205 fetching the stream.