MQA Audio Tech Marches Onward and Upward

Master Quality Authenticated, or MQA, the end-to-end audio encoding technology invented by digital-audio pioneer Bob Stuart of Meridian fame, continues to gain momentum with several announcements made at CES 2017.

• The music streaming service Tidal launched a new ‘master’ audio feature and is offering MQA-encoded music to its Tidal HiFi subscribers.

• Hi-res download store HighResAudio, has expanded its MQA offering with releases from selected Warner Music artists now available for download.

• Technics plans to integrate MQA into its Grand Class SU-G30 network player/amplifier this spring.

• AudioQuest will add MQA capability to its popular DragonFly Red and Black USB amp/DACs via a free software update, which should be available by the end of month.

• Audirvana, creator of the Audirvana Plus player for macOS, announced that MQA decoding will be available in its upcoming Audirvana Plus 3 due out in early 2017.

• Mytek’s new Mytek Clef headphone amp/DAC will offer MQA decoding when it ships this spring.

• Pioneer’s next-generation XDP-300R digital audio player and Onkyo’s new entry-level DP-X1A feature MQA capability.

pw's picture

Auralic is on board with MQA functionality last week..

thehun's picture

another scheme to re buy the old analog catalog. Pass. And no, I don't care for streaming either.