MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) high-resolution audio technology, developed by Meridian co-founder Bob Stuart, is getting more hardware backers.
For streaming and downloading music, MQA files deliver higher performance sound quality in smaller files compared to today’s high-resolution music files. Music from analog, PCM and DSD masters can be MQA-encoded and placed inside any lossless-audio “container” such as FLAC, ALAC or WAV and can be played back in lower resolution on non-MQA devices.
Myteks’ product, The Brooklyn at a suggested $2,000, will be on display at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest running Oct. 2-4 in Denver. The product combines USB DAC, preamplifier and headphone amp and also connects to analog turntables.
Details of Audioquest’s product were unavailable.
During the recent IFA show in Berlin, Pioneer unveiled a portable high-resolution music player (or DAP for digital audio player) that supports MQA. Onkyo also used IFA to show its model , positioned as a step up from Pioneer’s. Both are the industry’s first DAPs announced with MQA support. For its part, Bluesound recently announced plans to add MQA to its high-res wireless multiroom-audio products.
BlueSound has said its products will likely be in the first wave of MQA-equipped products, which will likely be available this year.
Early this year, Pure said it would add MQA technology to its wireless multiroom-audio system in 2015.
Stuart, meantime, is lining up support from music labels, download stores, and streaming services.