MQA-Enabled Smartphone, Sony Walkmans on the Way

MQA announced yesterday at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin that LG’s new V30 will be the first smartphone to support high-resolution Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) audio encoding when it becomes available in the coming weeks and that the technology has been integrated into Sony’s latest Walkman music players.

Sony’s new NW-ZX300 and NW-A40 portable players are capable of playing back downloaded MQA music files.

On the LG partnership, MQA CEO Mike Jbara said: “This is a great partnership because MQA’s technology — delivering quality audio in a convenient file size — truly comes into its own on the mobile device.”

In other MQA news,, which recently started offering MQA downloads, will offer MQA streaming for iOS and desktop players this fall and Sonic Studio will release its MQA-enabled Amarra Luxe 4.1 media player this month. The Japan-based music store e-onkyo music also announced plans to add the Warner Music Group catalog of MQA titles to its library.

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