What happen to MQA on Tidal?


After listening to Tidal only on my phone the last few weeks, I went to stream on my home system but soon realized all my MQA tracks were no longer showing up and the MQA parameters were absent in my streaming settings.  I see Tidal is in "administration" (Chapter 11???).   One of the main reasons I subscribed to Tidal was MQA and purchased a DAC that could decode the format.   I think I should have at least been informed by Tidal if it was cancelling MQA.  Any thoughts? 

I know a lot of people hate (hated) MQA, but like any format I have listened to (Vinyl, CD, SACD, FLAC, MQA, etc.) , some things sound great and others on a plain old red book CD sounds better. 

bubbagump

Final response below from Tidal, basically it is what it is,  MQA settings are a thing of the past.  See the link from Tidal below. 

I'm not one to jump on bandwagons but it seemed a lot of people liked MQA and it seemed like it was here to stay.  Like others posted here, some formats sound better than others when they're done correctly,  I have some Hi-Rez FLAC recordings that sound great and others not so much, same for DSD, SACD, CD, vinyl, etc.

Thanks all for your responses. So far most of what I have played from Tidal is CD quality. 
 

From Tidal:


"We will still have MQA files available , however when an artist has delivered a song in both MQA and HiRes FLAC, the song you hear will be the HiRes FLAC version. The hierarchy of availability is HiRes FLAC, then MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), then FLAC, then AAC (compressed audio), meaning that if we don’t have the file available in HiRes FLAC, the source file will be the MQA version, and so on"

https://support.tidal.com/hc/en-us/articles/17412130162961-HiRes-FLAC-and-new-audio-quality-levels

 

MQA was a flop. For better or worse. I expect to see Atmos follow suit. 

Atmos is the industry standard for movies. It is not going away.

Apple and Amazon have embraced it for audio. It is not going away.

Most people who  heard MQA on a properly set up system were not impressed. Anyone who has heard properly mixed Atmos music on a properly set up system is blown away. It is simply incredible. 

Most people who disparage Atmos Music have not heard it properly set up

end of story

 

 

 

herman

Most people who disparage Atmos Music have not heard it properly set up end of story

That's fanciful speculation.

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I believe MQA was developed years ago because internet speeds were too slow to transfer data.  This said, should we switch to QOBUZZ.  I like the layout of Tidal and I think they have a much larger library.  I wonder what percentage of members use Tidal VS QOBUZZ.  I had a rep demo Tidal and QOBUZZ in a blind test a nd I think QOBUZZ sounded better.  Maybe the folding and unfolding of files using MQA affects timing.

 

i didn’t know Tidal was in chapter 11.  Maybe I should transfer my library to QOBUZZ to play it safe.