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Old 24th September 2019
Gear Head

Originally Posted by Hippocratic Mastering View Post
TIDAL's "highest" available quality is their bull**** "MQA" setting which no serious MA would use for reference. I've not tried Amazon HD I'm sure they'd sound identical if you set both at 44.1khz/16bit.
Tidal's MQA indeed is bull**** and close to a scam. For some technical info and background have a look here:

Also check out the MQA-thread on this very board to get an idea what mastering engineers have to say about it.


MQA is a fake high-rez codec piggybacking some DRM provisions. It never gained any traction in the marketplace and with Amazon going >16/44 it's dead anyways.