The best part about MQA bankruptcy..

Is going to be that we will see many fewer discussions on Audiogon about it! 🤣

Now we can all focus on hating on ASR and professional reviewers.


I have a Meridian system, and the MQA from Tidal sounds a bit thin, although the ones with Studio rating tend to sound fine; the MQA from Qobuz sounds much better, but the recordings are so rare that when I asked them about it the respondent seemed stunned that there was any MQA at all.

As for Tidal being in trouble, I hope someone will explain this to me; would they definitely lose all ability to to stream everything they have, now, or is this just speculation about what a new MQA licensor would do (who pays the MQA fees; the record label or Tidal?)?

According to this reasonably recent Netflix Tech Blog post, the highest they stream at is 11.8 Mbps:

For 192/24 uncompressed stereo audio streaming, we have 192,000 * 2 * 24 = 9.216 Mbps. Which is lower, yet surprisingly close to the max Netflix data rate.

There is a neuro-physiological reason behind this: human brain devotes on average roughly about as much neural processing volume to visual as to audio information.

In blind people, audio processing takes over part of the brain volume that otherwise would be dedicated to visual processing, and they can "see" better with their hearing.

So, while it is true that those who can stream 4K Netflix movies can stream uncompressed 192/24 audio too, audio compression still has its place, especially in the areas of the world where bandwidth isn't as plentiful.

don’t know where [everyone writing about this] gets their information. Here’s a source from which I’d argue that compression is still very useful (are we really that elite?):


The US lags behind the rest of the world due to it's insistence on capitalism uber alles.  Performance per community and cost per connection varies a great deal here, but MQA is an elite product.  It's not for your average buyer of ear buds, so I think I'm safe saying that if I can stream Netflix 4k I don't need compression for music, and therefore, for the target audience, MQA's compression is a non-value.

MQA is an extra chip to make your gear do what it could already do.  If mqa works as well as possible, it will sound exactly the same as if they had just trickled double the data.

Netflix streams 42 times as much data as a 44.1 audio stream.  Oh wait, that's if the stream is uncompressed, I forgot to flac it to roughly 60% at the end.

There's nothing a server can do, besides doing nothing, that is easier on it than streaming audio files.  Especially if they're compressed at all.

People who compress never want you to find out about it, though.  People who charge double for streaming audio must want someone else to do it.  Then there's mqa, who wants to compress on top of it, with a name they think will sound better than higher resolution.  Then Tidal charges double and hires them.