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#290486 - 2020-01-15 12:51 DSP3200 DAC & MQA
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Hi

I am no expert on MQA, I appreciate I may not have the best system to fully do it justice but I was thinking that the DAC in my 3200’s are not MQA capable but my 218 Streamer is a MQA Full Decoder? So what am I actually getting in terms of the MQA experience?


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#290488 - 2020-01-15 13:34 Re: DSP3200 DAC & MQA [Re: Danny77]
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In an analog system your 218 is a decoder and renderer, in a DSP setup with 5200.2, 7200.2 running the latest fw you would have decoding and rendering giving the OF (original format) display on the speakers.

The 3200’s have not had the fw update the 5200.2and 7200.2’s received so I believe they will just get the first decode to either 88.2 or 96k.


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#290489 - 2020-01-15 13:37 Re: DSP3200 DAC & MQA [Re: Ratbert]
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Originally Posted By Ratbert
The 3200’s have not had the fw update the 52.2 and 72.2’s received so I believe they will just get the first decode to either 88.2 or 96k.
Correct.


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#290492 - 2020-01-15 15:54 Re: DSP3200 DAC & MQA [Re: VirusKiller]
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So that will explain why I am not hearing much of a difference betweeen say upscaled 44.1/16 and MQA😏

If I plug in say a modest headphone amp to my 218, can I get full MQA?


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#290496 - 2020-01-15 17:35 Re: DSP3200 DAC & MQA [Re: Danny77]
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Originally Posted By Danny77
So that will explain why I am not hearing much of a difference betweeen say upscaled 44.1/16 and MQA😏
To be honest, I think that a master has to be pretty good to start with for MQA to really shine. And frankly, like most things in life, few are.


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#290500 - 2020-01-15 18:19 Re: DSP3200 DAC & MQA [Re: Danny77]
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Perhaps you're doing your speakers a bit of an 'injustice'?

You could have a look at some of the 2L recording that were first used to promote MQA _ they were based on pretty well mastered original material.

I'd also mention that while you get 'full' MQA at the analogue outputs of the 218, the quality of the downstream components (interconnects, headphone amp and headphones) will start to undo all of the things that the MQA encode did for the original recording.

Brian


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