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Audio Briefs

Meridian Adds MQA To Tabletop DAC

Meridian included high-res Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) decoding in its $23,000-suggesed Ultra DAC, joining the company’s MQA-equipped USB DAC. The 384kHz/24-bit DAC is capable of playing many recording formats, including DXD, DSD64, DSD128 (DoP), and MQA. It’s the industry’s first product with MQA Limited’s hierarchical converter technology, which uses multiple converters to increase temporal

Integra Adds Google Cast, MQA

Integra is bringing multiple technologies to its AVRs for the first time, including networked multiroom audio, Google Cast for audio, and Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) high-resolution audio decoding. With the launches, Integra became the first company to announce AVRs with MQA compatibility, MQA inventor MQA Ltd. confirmed.

The technologies will be available as firmware updates, along with DTS:X surround decoding, in four new custom-install-oriented 7.2-channel AVRs. They are the $800-suggested DRX-2, $1,000 DRX- 3, $1,300 DRX-4, and $1,700 DRX-5. All are available. The Google Cast, MQA, and DTS:X upgrades will be available in the fall along with Tidal streaming. A time frame for adding networked multiroom was unavailable.

Autonomic’s Server Hooks Up With Elan

Autonomic’s Mirage Audio System (MAS) package, consisting of a 16-zone high-res media server and digital matrix-switching amplifiers, can now be integrated with Elan’s home-control systems, thanks to Mirage drivers available for Elan systems. Within Elan systems, consumers use iOS and Android apps to connect to the Mirage Media Server to browse content by album, artist, titles or favorites.