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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 01, 2016 117 comments
Brazilian Record Collector Zero Freitas owns a couple million records

One common, and to my mind, valid question regarding MQA is Where's the music? So here's my question—How much is enough?

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 01, 2016 8 comments
From the press release:
TORONTO, Canada – June 1, 2016 – Bluesound, a leading manufacturer of wireless multi-room music systems, announced today that MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) music will be supported for wireless streaming on all Bluesound Players starting June 1, 2016. MQA has been heard on Bluesound by thousands, with successful listening demonstrations in major cities around the world. Now, Bluesound and MQA are excited for consumers to experience the magic of original studio recordings in the home.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 31, 2016 7 comments
I don't know about you, but I've been loving our Lovely Recordings feature. In case you missed them, the idea is simple; I want YOU to send in some recordings you enjoy both for sound and music quality. Simple. It could be just one record, but better is always better, and what I'm looking for is a story about why this music grabs you.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 31, 2016 4 comments
Here's Paul McGowan from the PS Audio Forum:
"So far MQA decoding has only been worse and that has not changed. We suspect (as do they) that it’s because the tricks they’re using with filters to try and make the sound better (closer to the original source material in their parlance) screws with our own in the DAC. They then suggest they need to tune their decoder to our filters for best results..."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 30, 2016 4 comments
[Editor's Note: Dynaudio North America's Director of Marketing Mike Manousselis and I were having an email exchange wherein I sent him a link to Sturgill Simpson's cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom". I had played Mike Simpson's cover of When In Rome's "The Promise" at CES, which Mike recognized immediately (at which time he cracked up). Mike returned the favor, in spades, and I thought it would be great fun to share Mike's list of some favorite covers. Enjoy!]
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 27, 2016 16 comments
In a press release dated 05/26/2016, Schiit Audio have spoken out about their position relating to the adoption of MQA (see review). From the press release:
"May 26th, 2016, Valencia, CA. Today, Schiit Audio announced that they would not be supporting MQA, a proprietary audio format claiming “studio quality sound you can stream or download.” Schiit Audio feels that it is important to support its customers—and potential customers—by clarifying the company’s position on MQA, so that they may choose another DAC provider that backs the format, if they feel it is important to them."
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 27, 2016 4 comments
Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker. Sold!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 26, 2016 15 comments
Intro to MQA
I have never witnessed a hi-fi topic with a seemingly self-perpetuating cycle where the more answers given give rise to more questions than the Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) audio codex. At the risk of continuing this cycle, I'm going to begin this review with some MQA facts.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 25, 2016 1 comments
Short and sweet: A company spokesperson for Warner Music Group has confirmed in a phone conversation earlier today that WMG will continue to provide their distribution partners, like HDtracks, with high-res PCM music.[1]
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 25, 2016 43 comments
Carnival of Souls in high-res

In a manner of speaking, it should be. Now that The Industry is promoting the crap out of High-Res Music, with that godawful logo, you may as well throw a flower on it and call it a day.