So MUCH for a DOG'S HEARING, PUPSTER!Gotta say I don't know if I'll ever fully understand all these compression schemes of taking a fixed data size on a disc of just zeros and ones and unfolding into something with supposedly more data.
I started thinking this morning, isn't this something like MLP, and sure enough I see in wiki that that's who started MQA (maybe it's already been stated here somewhere upthread -sorry!)
I guess MQA uses something called "Cryptographic Hash Functions" and some Origami mumbo jumbo -oh it's cryptic alright
The main problem for me is, I'd bet to hear any difference in this or even a regular CD you'd need really great hearing, as in a young person (that's not me anymore); if there's any credence to this stuff at all.
And why on earth would you want another codec that can, or might not fully decode?
A cryptographic hash function (specifically SHA-1) at work. A small change in the input (in the word "over") drastically changes the output (digest). This is the so-called avalanche effect.
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Make NO mistake, Gene.....Meridian did a YEOMAN'S job with their MLP technology and did sell it to SONY which is NOW Dolby True HD. I was one of the VERY lucky ones to have purchased Meridian's REFERENCE DVD~A player [the 800] back in the early 00's and hearing MLP DVD~A on that player is a REAL treat. Leaves EVERY OTHER UNIVERSAL PLAYER's DVD~A playback capability in the dust.I guess they didn't make enough monyas on MLP.
Meridian engineered their MQA technology most probably utilizing their reference Meridian 808 RBCD player which is acknowledged to be the best RBCD player on the market with their MQA decoders. Like the 800 DVD~A player, it's an amazing unit. I have the original 808 which also plays DVD~A STEREO only, as well. Again, it was engineered from the ground up to play RBCD so make no mistake, unlike ALL Universal Players [OPPO included] it probably will sound superior in that regard.I know that MLP is good. That contrasts with their behaviour relating to MQA.
MOST UNFORTUNATELY FOR ALL YOU DETRACTORS [AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE] Meridian is hardly a fly by night company. They have always been at the forefront of cutting edge digital technology and doubtful they would release a SUB PAR codec at this late stage of the game and soil their reputation.In the words of the great Robin Williams, ”You Can Fool Some Of The People Some Of The Time And Jerk The Rest Off”.
And some 'listeners' can read ALL THE WRONG [BIASED] INFO!Even good companies can take very wrong turns.
Not SO humbly, I disagree! With rabid anti~digital TAS and STEREOPHILE endorsing it, 2L and Evosound endorsing it as well as UMG/Warner Japan ...methinks the chips are in MY corner, Gene.Audio Science Review is not biased and not wrong. In my not humble opinion , you are.