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#277374 - 2018-06-20 11:56 UHQCD/MQA Discs
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Has anyone bought/tried UHQCD/MQA discs on their MQA enabled Meridian system?

For example, Supertramp’s ‘Breakfast in America’ is available in this format.

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Reissue in Hi-Res CD format (UHQCD format x MQA technology).
Features the DSD master in 2013, using US original master tapes. The DSD master is available in 352.8kHz/24bit high resolution (perfect for MQA-enabled audio players).

Comes with lyrics and a description. Green color label coating. Comes in a slim case packaging.

*The disc can also be played on regular CD players in UHQCD 44.1kHz/16bit resolution. However, MQA-enabled hardware/software is necessary to harness the full potential of this Hi-Res CD.

Imported from Japan to UK, the album costs £21.


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#277380 - 2018-06-20 16:33 Re: UHQCD/MQA Discs [Re: spinaltap]
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Plus the shipping charges and any customs hit!


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#277394 - 2018-06-20 22:51 Re: UHQCD/MQA Discs [Re: bxd]
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I’ve just ordered two Dire Straits MQA CD’s. Should be here in a couple of days...


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#277398 - 2018-06-21 06:19 Re: UHQCD/MQA Discs [Re: Jeremy A-H]
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FWIW, 16-bit MQA on these CDs is *not* the same as the 24-bit FLACs which no doubt will be streamable very soon. I thought that "MQA is MQA" until I talked to a member of the MQA R&D team at The Shard MQA launch. To paraphrase his words: you have a third less space, so something has to give; there is no free lunch. Presumably this will manifest as lower dynamic range, though how much of this is audible, who can say. In any case, I won't be buying any MQA CDs.


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#277561 - 2018-06-27 01:41 Re: UHQCD/MQA Discs [Re: VirusKiller]
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Good point. I guess when they said MQA would offer maximum quality at CD bitrates, they meant greater quality than the original at the same bit depth and sampling speed.

Incidentally, I’m still waiting for the CD’s to arrive, although I’ve been sent a VAT bill for twice what I paid (and then a ‘collection’ fee on top)... buyer beware on both of the above!


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#277565 - 2018-06-27 09:30 Re: UHQCD/MQA Discs [Re: Jeremy A-H]
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Originally Posted By Jeremy A-H
Incidentally, I’m still waiting for the CD’s to arrive, although I’ve been sent a VAT bill for twice what I paid (and then a ‘collection’ fee on top)... buyer beware on both of the above!
If you use amazon.jp, you can opt to prepay the duties. Best to use Google Chrome to translate the site for non japanese speakers.

I have used cdjapan in the past and sometimes you get away with it sometimes not. Expensive when you dont!


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#277586 - 2018-06-27 16:38 Re: UHQCD/MQA Discs [Re: Greg Wright]
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I used CD Japan as they seemed the only place I could find the MQA version of Dire Straits CD's.

I'm now trying to sort out the issue of being charged VAT twice, but language is proving a slight barrier! Good to know you can prepay with Amazon, as DHL have just made £22 in fees for collecting the VAT (I think delivery companies charging these rates is ridiculous for what is a completely automated system).


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#277587 - 2018-06-27 16:52 Re: UHQCD/MQA Discs [Re: Jeremy A-H]
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I think it's worth noting for anyone considering this path that CDJapan promise shipping in 1-2 days, but, in reality, it took them a week to ship items marked as 'in stock'. I also paid for 2/3 day delivery, but DHL say it's going to take another week for the CD's to get here.

Unfortunately, by that point I'll be overseas...


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#277589 - 2018-06-27 17:30 Re: UHQCD/MQA Discs [Re: Jeremy A-H]
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We don't even know what masters were used for the Dire Straits CDs!


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#277594 - 2018-06-27 19:11 Re: UHQCD/MQA Discs [Re: VirusKiller]
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Dire Straits indeed shocked
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#277607 - 2018-06-27 22:22 Re: UHQCD/MQA Discs [Re: Hector]
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#277617 - 2018-06-28 09:13 Re: UHQCD/MQA Discs [Re: Jeremy A-H]
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I always choose surface mail. It's a lot cheaper, and you are kidding yourself if you expect anything to arrive quickly from them. And you don't always get charged the import duties, although, as I said, it's a bit of a lottery.

But using DHL or the other bigger guys, you will definitely get charged import duties and 'collection' fees.


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