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MQA streaming goes mobile: nugs.net on iOS, Groovers on Android

By | January 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

MQA (the company) dropped the mother of all news annoucement bombs at CES 2017: Tidal’s desktop app would execute the first unfold on MQA-encapsulated hi-res audio streams. The tiny corner of the Internet populated by audiophiles subsequently exploded, mostly with enthusiasm but also some displeasure. The former celebrating the arrival of hi-res content to the mainstream, the latter complaining of back-door DRM by stealth.

The next question to be asked by those maintaining an open stance: when would MQA’s first unfold (core decoding) come to mobile devices?… Read the full article

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Sonic Studio Announces MQA Support with Amarra Luxe 4.1

By | November 18th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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Amarra Luxe 4.1 now supports MQA.

I’ve been a long-term fan of Amarra and the recent massive upgrade to Version 4 has been terrific in both sound and user interface.  Sonic Studio has now included MQA support in the Luxe version.  I will be getting the Luxe version soon to experiment with but the new release has allowed my standard version to offer better sound.

From the press release:

November 17, 2017: Sonic Studio announces the release of Amarra 4 Luxe v4.1 featuring integrated MQA audio technology.

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Newport 2016: Ampsandsound hand-makes gear for the masses

By | July 27th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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Ampsandsound may be missing a few spaces in its name, but a visit to its room at T.H.E. Show in Newport revealed the company wasn’t lacking much else.

Indeed, the business founded by medical social worker Justin Weber seems to be making strides in establishing a strong line of components. Weber says Ampsandsound’s goals is to offer hand-built, carefully designed and reliable products offering the highest parts quality at lower prices than a buyer might otherwise encounter for similar gear.

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Toward that end, Ampsandsound was showing its Casablanca amp, a 60 watt-per-channel monoblock that uses KT88s ($3,995 a pair) and its Agartha integrated, a 300B SET unit that doubles as a headphone amp ($3,600).… Read the full article

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