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  • January 5, 2017 at 3:59 pm
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    I notice that Tidal is adding MQA to some of their music and promising studio-sound ‘Master’ audio, whatever that means.

    • January 6, 2017 at 9:16 am
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      Yeah, I’ve been following the MQA progress on both the hardware and content side. It’s a non-starter for me because they original source content hasn’t changed — it is still standard resolution based on analog tape, which has a great sound but limited fidelity compared to a PCM digital file of sufficient resolution (96/24 or even 44.1/16)! MQA is not a revolutionary step forward. In fact, IMHO it’s a step backwards because a non-decoded file seems to have less resolution than the original CD. The properly decoded MQA version only gets you back to the fidelity of the original NOT more fidelity. How can any system promise to improve over the original that the label (and production team) approved? MQA is a closed system. What the industry needs is better sounding source recordings.

      • January 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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        “It’s a non-starter for me because they original source content hasn’t changed — it is still standard resolution based on analog tape, which has a great sound but limited fidelity compared to a PCM digital file of sufficient resolution (96/24 or even 44.1/16)!”

        This is a completely bogus. I think you already know nothing sounds like Tape! Period! And the reason is, like real film, it has better resolution than digital. The highest digital resolution today is not even close to sub-micron particle resolution of Analog Master Tape. Run that tape at 15ips and you’ve got 80,000,000+ oriented and randomly stacked particles per track second. Get me an A/D that can do this, please!

        P.S. Tidal Masters sounds great, the future is here. EOM.

        Analogman

        • January 9, 2017 at 10:21 am
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          I guess I should adopt the moniker “Digitalman” for the purposes of this exchange. You devotion to analog tape is laudable and you’re certainly entitled to your opinion but the whole bit with 80,000,000 particles doesn’t actually mean anything. Perhaps counting molecules or atoms would be more convincing because you’d reach magnitudes into the trillions or more. The only thing that matters to our ears and brains is how closely any particular recording technology records and reproduces acoustic sound — and it’s abundantly clear to knowledgeable individuals that high-resolution PCM digital does this better than any other format. That’s why the major record labels ALL archive their analog masters to high-resolution PCM digital and not to other analog tapes. The “sub-micron” particles you refer to don’t get dynamics past 72 dB. How is this limitation a good thing? And the scrape flutter, distortion, crosstalk, print through, and self erasure?

          The statement you quoted from my comment is completely accurate. Recognizing the actual advantages and disadvantages of all recording and reproduction formats is important. To ignore the technical facts is bogus.

  • January 5, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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    Interesting. How would you compare the Comhear technology to, say, Yamaha’s Sound Projectors?

    • January 6, 2017 at 9:18 am
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      The technology behind the Comhear MyBeam is unique and a major step above the rest of the sound bars. Sitting in front of this tiny array couple with a subwoofer can model the sound of a much larger and more expensive surround system. I’ve heard the Yamaha and Denon sound bars and they do a reasonable job, but this IMHO is better.

  • January 6, 2017 at 4:11 am
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    Be sure to get Scott Wilkinson to listen to it.
    Maaybe he’ll invite you to his HTG show to tell about it.

    • January 6, 2017 at 9:19 am
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      Scott has promised to come by tomorrow for a listen. As a frequent guest on his program, I’m sure the Chief Science Officer or Comhear and I will be on his HTG show. I think I’m one of his most frequent guests.

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