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Master Quality Authenticated (MQA)

The audiophile world is keen on the new MQA lossless codec. It does seem to offer some significant advantages, so much so that I can't image purchasing a DAC without MQA capability.. Will MQA support be offered as an option on the Geekout V2 series?  


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MQA is gaining critical mass. I too am keen to know what this means for the VI DAC. 

Any ETA on MQA firmware for the GO V2 series? 


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Updates were promised about this at least two months ago. Have I missed them? Certainly there must be something you can tell us.


I'm unaware of any timelines on the V2 series MQA update. I'll ask and report back if I hear anything. 

Hi, Any idea when we can have the possibility to get the firmware to decode MQA files in our Pulse, GO and VI DAC?
I can not believe that after so many years, LH still has problems with their customers.
Regards

 

LH Labs not on the list


The MQA team will be based in the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion, located in the largest and busiest area of the convention centre (Central Hall #14735).

Mike Jbara, MQA CEO, states, “There are now more than 100 MQA-enabled products and services in the market, and we’re excited to be driving conversations around improving the consumer experience, both at CES as well as other key events throughout 2018.  We are particularly pleased with how our label partners have incorporated MQA's tools into their day-to-day production processes, enabling the availability of their catalogues and new releases.  This year will see explosive growth in terms of the completeness of both catalogue and new release music in MQA.”

MQA’s CEO will be chairing a discussion focusing on the lifestyle trends and latest technology developments that are shaping consumer experience.  “Music Streaming Is Only The Beginning” will take place at the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion (LVCC #14735) on Wednesday 10 January 2018, (11:00–11:30).  Mike will be joined on the panel by: Andy Hood, Head of Emerging Technologies (AKQA), Brad Serling, Founder & CEO (nugs.net), and Geir Skaaden, EVP & Chief Products & Services Officer (Xperi).

MQA Music Services & Mobile

In addition to MQA music availability on TIDAL, Onkyo Music, e-onkyo, HIGHRESAUDIO and 2L’s store, expansion continues with the launch of Groovers, the Korean hi-res music service, who are the first streaming service to showcase MQA on mobile.  In association with LG, Groovers is offering a 3-month free promotional trial in Korea until 31 March 2018 for LG V30 smartphone owners, the world’s first global MQA-enabled handset. 

Nugs.net, the home of live music from iconic touring artists such as Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Phish, and Dead & Company, continues the expansion of MQA on mobile with the first ever iOS implementation of MQA, as part of the nugs.net HiFi streaming service.  From 10 January 2018, nugs.net HiFi tier subscribers will be able to enjoy native MQA playback of thousands of full-length concerts on iOS devices.  

MQA Music Players

Roon Labs is the latest software partner to announce integrated MQA support for its award-winning music player.  Roon’s desktop software will support local MQA file playback, as well as TIDAL MQA streaming for HiFi subscribers.

Roon now joins MQA software partners Amarra and Audirvana, who both continue to work on their Windows implementation of MQA.  Audirvana Plus for Windows 10 will be released by end of January 2018, enjoying the same feature levels as Audirvana Plus for Mac, and benefiting additionally from a totally redesigned user interface.

MQA Playback

Playback adoption continues with launches of Esoteric's N-01 Network Audio Player, the Oppo UDP-205 Blu-ray Disc Player, and Meridian's 251 Powered Zone Controller; announcements by both Sonore* and Metrum Acoustics* of an MQA upgrade option across their product ranges; dCS adding MQA integration to their Vivaldi One, in addition to the recently announced MQA-enabled Rossini DAC; as well as an MQA upgrade for iFi's Nano iDSD BL.

There will be multiple opportunities to experience MQA music via our many partners based on the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion and in the Venetian, including AudioQuest, Bluesound, dCS, LG, Mytek, NAD, Onkyo, Pioneer, Pro-ject, Sony and Technics.  

Why is LH Labs not on the list?

When will we receive a straight and up-to-date answer about MQA compatibility on ALL LH products -- DACs and the Source?


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3 years come and gone with nothing happening....


https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/05/08/1497989/0/en/SABRE-DACs-from-ESS-Technology-to-Integrate-MQA-Rendering-Studio-Quality-Sound-Made-Simple.html

 

MILPITAS, Calif., May 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ESS Technology, the industry leader in audio and analog design, announced today that they will introduce versions of their SABRE® audio DACs that feature integrated MQA rendering.

MQA technology is becoming widely accepted as a standard for distributing ultra-high-quality music across a variety of platforms.  The encoding process folds extra information into the signal that can be recovered later.  The resulting signal sounds great on its own and improves with systems that unfold the extra data and take advantage of the full range and dynamics of the master file created in the studio.

This “unfolding” process takes place in two steps: the first unfold, called Core Decoding, can be done on most DSP systems, and system designers looking to implement this can take advantage of standard code.  In fact, this process is already included in many existing PC software music applications such as Tidal, Roon, Amarra and Audirvana.  Core Decoding is also available in dedicated portable devices such as Onkyo and Pioneer players as well as several smartphones.

The final step in the unfolding, called rendering, needs to be done in tight cooperation with the DAC.  The quality of the rendering depends on the DAC output filters and this has typically involved hand tuning each design.  But the agreement between ESS and MQA will make that a whole lot easier!

ESS will soon introduce SABRE Mobile DACs and Headphone Systems with integrated MQA rendering.  Integrating the renderer as a hardware block coupled to the DAC achieves several advantages including ease-of-design, improved performance, and lower power.

At the heart of this solution is the legendary SABRE® DAC, which provides amazing sound quality with a stable image and immersive sound-stage.  The HyperStream® II modulator and QUAD DAC™ Technology allow users to hear every nuanced detail.  The SABRE brand is widely recognized as providing the best sounding DACs on the market and is the choice of leading audiophile brands. 

Combining the MQA rendering with the DAC will eliminate all the manual tuning and software integration that is required when using a separate DSP and stand-alone DACs.  The system designer won’t need to worry about the implementation at all.  Automatic rendering will allow the system to instantly detect a Core MQA stream and configure the custom filter settings to give the optimal-quality output.  The combined hardware blocks allow for the solution to be implemented without a DSP, saving power as well as size and cost.

These small and lower power solutions will be ideal for active headphones that can offer MQA whenever a software decoder is active on the device.  They also offer compelling value to table-top or portable players that want to offer great sounding DACs with a full MQA solution. Wherever you are, you can enjoy a supreme listening experience with SABRE DACs from ESS Technologies.

About ESS Technology
For more than three decades, ESS Technology has been on the cutting edge of audio technology. A privately-held fabless semiconductor company, ESS Technology designs and markets high-performance analog and HiFi audio devices for mobile, consumer, automotive, and professional audiophile systems. The company was founded in 1984 and today ESS Technology is best known for its SABRE series of high-performance audio products. For more information, visit http://www.esstech.com.

About MQA
Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, the MQA team has created a technology that captures the sound of the original studio performance. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream, while also being backward compatible, so you can play MQA music on any device. MQA’s award-winning technology is licensed by labels, music services and hardware manufacturers worldwide and is certified by the RIAA. MQA is a UK-based private company.
For more information visit www.mqa.co.uk
Follow MQA on: Facebook  Twitter  You Tube

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://resource.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/8c024be1-4265-483d-b93c-530c2059d592

Contact: 
Shawn Scarlett 
408-643-8982

 

MILPITAS, Calif., May 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ESS Technology, the industry leader in audio and analog design, announced today that they will introduce versions of their SABRE® audio DACs that feature integrated MQA rendering.

MQA technology is becoming widely accepted as a standard for distributing ultra-high-quality music across a variety of platforms.  The encoding process folds extra information into the signal that can be recovered later.  The resulting signal sounds great on its own and improves with systems that unfold the extra data and take advantage of the full range and dynamics of the master file created in the studio.

This “unfolding” process takes place in two steps: the first unfold, called Core Decoding, can be done on most DSP systems, and system designers looking to implement this can take advantage of standard code.  In fact, this process is already included in many existing PC software music applications such as Tidal, Roon, Amarra and Audirvana.  Core Decoding is also available in dedicated portable devices such as Onkyo and Pioneer players as well as several smartphones.

The final step in the unfolding, called rendering, needs to be done in tight cooperation with the DAC.  The quality of the rendering depends on the DAC output filters and this has typically involved hand tuning each design.  But the agreement between ESS and MQA will make that a whole lot easier!

ESS will soon introduce SABRE Mobile DACs and Headphone Systems with integrated MQA rendering.  Integrating the renderer as a hardware block coupled to the DAC achieves several advantages including ease-of-design, improved performance, and lower power.

At the heart of this solution is the legendary SABRE® DAC, which provides amazing sound quality with a stable image and immersive sound-stage.  The HyperStream® II modulator and QUAD DAC™ Technology allow users to hear every nuanced detail.  The SABRE brand is widely recognized as providing the best sounding DACs on the market and is the choice of leading audiophile brands. 

Combining the MQA rendering with the DAC will eliminate all the manual tuning and software integration that is required when using a separate DSP and stand-alone DACs.  The system designer won’t need to worry about the implementation at all.  Automatic rendering will allow the system to instantly detect a Core MQA stream and configure the custom filter settings to give the optimal-quality output.  The combined hardware blocks allow for the solution to be implemented without a DSP, saving power as well as size and cost.

These small and lower power solutions will be ideal for active headphones that can offer MQA whenever a software decoder is active on the device.  They also offer compelling value to table-top or portable players that want to offer great sounding DACs with a full MQA solution. Wherever you are, you can enjoy a supreme listening experience with SABRE DACs from ESS Technologies.

About ESS Technology
For more than three decades, ESS Technology has been on the cutting edge of audio technology. A privately-held fabless semiconductor company, ESS Technology designs and markets high-performance analog and HiFi audio devices for mobile, consumer, automotive, and professional audiophile systems. The company was founded in 1984 and today ESS Technology is best known for its SABRE series of high-performance audio products. For more information, visit http://www.esstech.com.

About MQA
Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, the MQA team has created a technology that captures the sound of the original studio performance. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream, while also being backward compatible, so you can play MQA music on any device. MQA’s award-winning technology is licensed by labels, music services and hardware manufacturers worldwide and is certified by the RIAA. MQA is a UK-based private company.
For more information visit www.mqa.co.uk
Follow MQA on: Facebook  Twitter  You Tube

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://resource.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/8c024be1-4265-483d-b93c-530c2059d592

Contact: 
Shawn Scarlett 
408-643-8982

MILPITAS, Calif., May 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ESS Technology, the industry leader in audio and analog design, announced today that they will introduce versions of their SABRE® audio DACs that feature integrated MQA rendering.

MQA technology is becoming widely accepted as a standard for distributing ultra-high-quality music across a variety of platforms.  The encoding process folds extra information into the signal that can be recovered later.  The resulting signal sounds great on its own and improves with systems that unfold the extra data and take advantage of the full range and dynamics of the master file created in the studio.

This “unfolding” process takes place in two steps: the first unfold, called Core Decoding, can be done on most DSP systems, and system designers looking to implement this can take advantage of standard code.  In fact, this process is already included in many existing PC software music applications such as Tidal, Roon, Amarra and Audirvana.  Core Decoding is also available in dedicated portable devices such as Onkyo and Pioneer players as well as several smartphones.

The final step in the unfolding, called rendering, needs to be done in tight cooperation with the DAC.  The quality of the rendering depends on the DAC output filters and this has typically involved hand tuning each design.  But the agreement between ESS and MQA will make that a whole lot easier!

ESS will soon introduce SABRE Mobile DACs and Headphone Systems with integrated MQA rendering.  Integrating the renderer as a hardware block coupled to the DAC achieves several advantages including ease-of-design, improved performance, and lower power.

At the heart of this solution is the legendary SABRE® DAC, which provides amazing sound quality with a stable image and immersive sound-stage.  The HyperStream® II modulator and QUAD DAC™ Technology allow users to hear every nuanced detail.  The SABRE brand is widely recognized as providing the best sounding DACs on the market and is the choice of leading audiophile brands. 

Combining the MQA rendering with the DAC will eliminate all the manual tuning and software integration that is required when using a separate DSP and stand-alone DACs.  The system designer won’t need to worry about the implementation at all.  Automatic rendering will allow the system to instantly detect a Core MQA stream and configure the custom filter settings to give the optimal-quality output.  The combined hardware blocks allow for the solution to be implemented without a DSP, saving power as well as size and cost.

These small and lower power solutions will be ideal for active headphones that can offer MQA whenever a software decoder is active on the device.  They also offer compelling value to table-top or portable players that want to offer great sounding DACs with a full MQA solution. Wherever you are, you can enjoy a supreme listening experience with SABRE DACs from ESS Technologies.

About ESS Technology
For more than three decades, ESS Technology has been on the cutting edge of audio technology. A privately-held fabless semiconductor company, ESS Technology designs and markets high-performance analog and HiFi audio devices for mobile, consumer, automotive, and professional audiophile systems. The company was founded in 1984 and today ESS Technology is best known for its SABRE series of high-performance audio products. For more information, visit http://www.esstech.com.

About MQA
Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, the MQA team has created a technology that captures the sound of the original studio performance. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream, while also being backward compatible, so you can play MQA music on any device. MQA’s award-winning technology is licensed by labels, music services and hardware manufacturers worldwide and is certified by the RIAA. MQA is a UK-based private company.
For more information visit www.mqa.co.uk
Follow MQA on: Facebook  Twitter  You Tube

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://resource.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/8c024be1-4265-483d-b93c-530c2059d592

Contact: 
Shawn Scarlett 
408-643-8982

"3 years come and gone with nothing happening...."

Amen. If I ever receive my Source it will not be my first music server. I've already been forced to purchase other equipment because I have no idea when -- or if -- my Source will ever arrive. If it does arrive we have no idea  if it will implement MQA or not. Those of us who already own LH Labs DACS -- I own a Geek Pulse -- are still waiting for an update that will make them MQA compliant.

Meanwhile both the music server solution and the DAC I decided on and purchased, because LH Labs will not even answer questions about MQA or WHEN my Source might be delivered, already implements MQA. BTW, it sounds wonderful. So if LH Labs products don't implement MQA they will be quite inadequate for those of us who are listening to and enjoying MQA files. 


I even built my own Power Amplifier in a day and forgot my long backed M200 suppose to be here 2 years ago, rant mode end and enjoy music, now using ROON with MQA Core Decoder........and all future ESS DAC with have renderer built in.......

I'm using Roon, a microRendu and an Explorer 2 DAC and I'm enjoying great sound with MQA files too.

Maybe someday my Source will arrive. Maybe it will live up to its hype. Too many maybes.


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