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  1. CD Players & Dedicated Music Transports
    Hi, I listen to hi-res audio files bought and downloaded from hd tracks, but also stream Tidal MQA files. I currently use either my iphone 7 plus, using usb 3 adapter connected to a usb DAC wired to the main amp, or the Essential phone ph1, through the same DAC. I’m mindful of not wanting this...
  2. Surround Music Formats
    A SACD Is A High Resolution Audio CD with a Difference! Since Hi-Res Audio is now the best possible way to listen to music, for those of you that don't want to mess with the downloads but want to get the same Hi-Res quality, Sony and Philips Electronics have developed a way to get that...
  3. AVS Forum® Articles
    The jury is still out on whether MQA is able to live up to its claims of delivering studio master quality with its proprietary compression methodology. Do you think MQA offers an audible benefit versus CD quality audio (16-bit/44.1 kHz)? I posed this question in an AVS Forum poll back in...
  4. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    BluOS is a wireless multi-room streaming audio platform that focuses on fidelity. Now it's taking on voice command while expanding to multiple brands. At CEDIA 2018, Lenbrook showed the latest iteration of its wireless multiroom streaming music platform, BluOS 3.0 and I was there to discuss it...
  5. Home A/V Distribution
    KLH is a speaker brand with a storied history that dates all the way back to 1957 when the company was founded in Cambridge Massachusetts. Now, the brand is owned by former Klipsch President David P Kelly and a major relaunch is in the works. Concurrent to the CEDIA Expo 2018 in San Diego, KLH...
  6. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Roon is a streaming platform that combines multi-room audio, local file playback, cloud-based streaming from Tidal, and "knowledge" i.e. a hyperlinked database that allows music lovers to explore connections between artists. Roon is already the way I queue up the music I listen to, and today's...
  7. Latest Industry News
    The popularity of soundbars continues to grow and competition is fierce. Today you can expect to get a genuine high-fidelity experience out of a premium soundbar. Now, one of the best sounding soundbars, Bluesound’s Pulse Soundbar, is available at a new lower MSRP of $799 (black finish) and...
  8. Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat
    MQA is a proprietary audio format developed by Bob Stuart of Meridian Audio. It was introduced at a press event in New York City back in December 2014—I was there on that day and have followed the format ever since. Between late 2014 and now, MQA's efficacy has been the subject of much...
  9. 2-Channel Audio
    Oppo has a long history of designing universal disc players that put an emphasis on audio quality. The company's latest flagship, the UDP-205, continues that tradition with the inclusion of ESS Sabre Pro series DACs and dedicated balanced XLR outputs for pristine analog stereo sound. Now, with...
  10. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
    With its just-announced Xperia XZ Premium, Sony brings full 4K UHD resolution with HDR to a smartphone for the first time. The 4K display measures 5.5 inches and offers full 3840 x 2160 resolution UHD, meaning that you'd need superhuman vision to ever see a pixel. But with support for HDR and...
  11. 2-Channel Audio
    MQA is back on the hi-res radar in a big way. After what seemed like a sluggish start, MQA is on the move. This proprietary method of encoding hi-res audio in an efficient manner will soon be available with music from Universal Music Group thanks to an agreement announced today. MQA already...
  12. 2-Channel Audio
    The current home entertainment landscape is evolving at a breakneck pace. The advent of streaming and Ultra HD Blu-ray 4K HDR content—combined with comparatively affordable TVs that can play this content—brings commercial cinema quality into people's living rooms. Meanwhile, when it comes to...
  13. Headphones
    Sony has been in the headphone game for decades and the company consistently comes up with great-sounding designs. At CES this year the company had a listening station in its booth for auditioning its flagship cans, the MDR-Z1R ($2130). It's a closed-back, over-ear design that promises audio...
  14. Latest Industry News
    Music lovers looking for a premium streaming experience should be excited to hear that NAD and Bluesound are now Roon Ready partners. That means BluOS devices will soon incorporate the numerous advantageous capabilities of Roon, which is a platform that aims to make music consumption both more...
  15. 2-Channel Audio
    NAD, the fidelity-focused Canadian audio and AV component manufacturer, has announced it will support MQA audio on select BluOS devices. The M12 preamp/DAC , M50 digital music player , M32 direct-digital amplifier, and C 390DD direct-digital integrated amp are all slated to receive the NAD...
  16. Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat
    On June 1, I attended a hi-res audio symposium at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA—you know, the iconic building that looks like a stack of records on a multi-disc turntable. The event was presented by DEG (the Digital Entertainment Group) with support from Universal Music Group (which includes...
  17. 2-Channel Audio
    Bluesound has announced that its latest firmware update to BluOS 2.2 enables MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) decoding. Bluesound—unlike Sonos and some other wireless systems—handles hi-res audio, which is what MQA promises to deliver at bitrates appropriate for streaming. Compared to MQA...
  18. 2-Channel Audio
    Affordable DAC darling Schiit Audio has posted a statement outlining why it will not support MQA audio. The company feels there are too many unknowns to embrace the format, which promises to squeeze the quality of a 24-bit/352kHz recording into a much smaller container, primarily by preserving...
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