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#272197 - 2018-01-23 14:30 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: Hector]
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Folks,

[Back in early 2017] While we were all waiting patiently on the release of the 218 9 months ago, I looked closely at the Bluesound Node 2 as an MQA alternative decoder to the 218. However my research led me to finding that the internal MQA certified DAC only fully unwraps MQA files for the analogue outputs of the Node 2. There is internal MQA software doing the unfolding.

That shut down any idea of me buying it but is it is a great Streaming product for anyone wanting to add MQA decoding capabilities to an analogue sound system.

The link to the original post I made at the time in April last year follows; Bluesound Node 2 MQA Decoder

There is also a link in the post which answers some of the questions in this thread and is definitely worth reading, so I have also copied it directly here; Bluesound Node 2 MQA Capabilities

Cheers,

Steve M


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Edited by Steve M; 2018-01-24 10:40.
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#272199 - 2018-01-23 16:00 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: Steve M]
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As far as I know, the 218 does the same? Or am I misunderstanding something? I own both.


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#272200 - 2018-01-23 16:04 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: Steve M]
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Folks,

While we were all waiting patiently on the release of the 218,

I thought this was readily available now.


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#272201 - 2018-01-23 16:18 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: Jon Raines]
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Steve M refers to his post of April 2017. I was also originally confused, but reread his post for understanding.
218 is of course available now.
Hector


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#272205 - 2018-01-23 16:38 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: Hector]
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Just seen this on the Bluesound site in answer to digital out question.

Quote:
All Bluesound Players come with a Burr Brown 24/192 on board DAC. When using TOSLink Optical out or COAX digital out on the NODE or VAULT, you are bypassing our DAC and no processing occurs.


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#272208 - 2018-01-23 17:26 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: ChrisLayerUK]
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The thing is, if it were that simple, why did Bluesound have to add an option in settings as to whether or not the digital out was connected to an MQA or non-MQA DAC? Unless they removed that in the last software update. Must have a look, as my Node 2 has been out of use while I test a Lindemann Musicbook 20DSD (which,rumour us it, will become Roon Ready later this year though I’ve seen nothing published)


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#272234 - 2018-01-24 03:59 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: JobSeeker]
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Originally Posted By JobSeeker
The thing is, if it were that simple, why did Bluesound have to add an option in settings as to whether or not the digital out was connected to an MQA or non-MQA DAC? Unless they removed that in the last software update.
I can confirm that it is still there, Jobseeker. That is how I was able to select MQA DAC and get my 18 bits to recognize all the Tidal MQA files I sent them from dig coax outs. Which seems to conflict with what I read in both links that Steve M references here:

Originally Posted By Steve M
The link to the original post I made at the time in April last year follows; Bluesound Node 2 MQA Decoder

There is also a link in the post which answers some of the questions in this thread and is definitely worth reading, so I have also copied it directly here; Bluesound Node 2 MQA Capabilities
What is confusing is those discussions seem to indicate that - at least at that time - that the Node 2 would perform initial software MQA unfolding and send that to the digital outputs. Of course it would not have been subsequently fully rendered (unfolded) unless the external DAC was MQA compliant (so I assume this is the reason it did not satisfy Steve M’s needs).

BUT... such an initial software unfold (96/24) thru dig out should not be recognized by my 18 bit DSP’s. And this is what I experienced with many MQA files when I had selected external non-MQA DAC. This leads me to believe that perhaps there has been a firmware update such that when one selects external MQA DAC no unfolding at all occurs and the raw folded MQA file (44/24) appears at the dig outs. How else does one explain the current situation where ALL MQA files streamed from Tidal now play on my 18 bitters with external MQA DAC selected?

BUT... this is equally puzzling because how would an external MQA DAC take a raw folded MQA file and process it without an initial software unfolding prior to final rendering (2nd unfolding)?

So I’m no closer to understanding what’s happening than when I opened this thread!


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#272237 - 2018-01-24 07:41 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: Nstzya]
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An MQA file is like any other file only it has MQA data hidden beneath the noise floor. It is backward compatible and will play on any system.
An MQA DAC will recognise the MQA file and decode it to its capability.
Only an MQA renderer requires the first unfold to occur first.

This is as I understand it, so your speakers should play the MQA file as if it were any music file.


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#272238 - 2018-01-24 07:45 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: Nstzya]
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is there some confusion between unfolding and upsampling?

I believe that an original master 44.1/48k MQA encoded file when unfolded will remain at 44.1/48k unless it is subsequently upsampled which would lose MQA encoding.

If not upsampled, it will play on '18bit' DSP's, the difference being that MQA passthrough passes through an MQA stream that can be subsequently decoded in an MQA DAC, where as non MQA passthrough will have created a non MQA PCM stream, ie all the MQA encoded hints are unfolded back into 44.1/48k PCM.

If the original master was say 96/24 (albeit compressed to be 44.1/48k PCM compatible and thus playable on 18bit DSP's) , then that MQA stream would be unfolded to 96/24 PCM and not play on 18bit DSP's. No upsampling in traditional sense required per say as its part of MQA unfold rather than a separate (non MQA compliant) operation.

May be wrong about this.


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#272355 - 2018-01-27 13:10 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: Ian]
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Yes, I am still confused - a bit. On just one issue. And apologize for taking my own thread off topic into MQA rather than streaming discussion, but at the risk of having my hitchhiker license suspended...
How does an external MQA DAC fully render a raw unprocessed 44/16 MQA file to 24/192 without an initial software unfold?


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#272356 - 2018-01-27 13:14 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: Nstzya]
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An MQA DAC unfolds and renders the whole thing to its max capability, an example of which is the Explorer 2.

Renderers only render, Dragonfly as an instance.


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#272357 - 2018-01-27 13:14 Re: Bluesound Node 2 MQA works streamed to legacy 18 bit DSP5k! [Re: Nstzya]
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Because an MQA DAC is usually capable of performing the full unfold and render process.

And it will never render to 24/192, it will render to analogue since the render/DAC process is (or should be) integrated and inseparable.


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