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    Much of EMI (all the classical music, for example) is now part of Warner Music Group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    Much of EMI (all the classical music, for example) is now part of Warner Music Group.
    Well we are all set then with both Warner and UMG
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    Quote Originally Posted by rvisinta View Post
    Well we are all set then with both Warner and UMG
    The foot dragger will be Sony. If they were on board between the three virtually everything is covered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by still-one View Post
    The foot dragger will be Sony. If they were on board between the three virtually everything is covered.
    Hi Jim, like they say 2 out of 3 ain't bad I'm just really excited that it's not just Warner now. I have some specific groups that I listen to on Tidal that are on Tidal and are on the Capitol label.....now there is a chance that down the road they will become available via MQA on Tidal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by still-one View Post
    The foot dragger will be Sony. If they were on board between the three virtually everything is covered.
    Except for the many smaller labels which have nearly all the really good sounding albums currently being released, and a very disproportionate (to their market share) amount of the worthwhile new music releases as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    Except for the many smaller labels which have nearly all the really good sounding albums currently being released, and a very disproportionate (to their market share) amount of the worthwhile new music releases as well
    I disagree with your position. I guess our definition of worthwhile is disparate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by still-one View Post
    I disagree with your position. I guess our definition of worthwhile is disparate.
    Could be. Hard to argue, though, that the sound quality of many releases on labels like Channel Classics, Acoustic Disc, Challenge Classics, Blue Coast Records, Chesky, etc. isn't top-notch. And considering that the market share of all these independent labels together is about 2%, I'm a little surprised that you feel their worthwhile music isn't more than that in the vast sea of new releases. If one's tastes run only to pop/rock (including country), though, that could explain it, since the indies almost all concentrate on other genres.
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    Does any one have technical details on the MQA encoder? What bit rates and formats (DSD?) are accepted as sources for producing MQA files?
    MQA is designed to reduce the size of PCM files to "CD Quality" (16 bit, 44k) and MP3 Quality size using encoding which includes lossy compression and pre-distortion techniques, among others.
    Not designed for DSD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmoura View Post
    MQA is designed to reduce the size of PCM files to "CD Quality" (16 bit, 44k) and MP3 Quality size using encoding which includes lossy compression and pre-distortion techniques, among others.
    Not designed for DSD.
    Actually, the MQA files being distributed are compressed 24/48, which can be close to the size of uncompressed CD. MQA can also make 24/96 files, which can encode 24/192 losslessly or close to it, but that's not what is being done currently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbbert View Post
    Actually, the MQA files being distributed are compressed 24/48, which can be close to the size of uncompressed CD. MQA can also make 24/96 files, which can encode 24/192 losslessly or close to it, but that's not what is being done currently.
    From my listening to MQA, you are better off with the WAV and FLAC editions of the music than what happens to the music after MQA processing.

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