CD is dead? Here comes 100 MQA x UHQCD titles from Japan Universal Music

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by soundboy, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. simon-wagstaff

    simon-wagstaff Forum Resident

    I sure got tired of waiting for the SACD.
     
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  2. Chazzbo13

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    I'm just here to see how long it takes before someone asks about Buckingham-Nicks....

    EDIT...dang, too slow...
     
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  3. Espen R

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    Wow! A new title. Wonder what tape sources? Tape transfer done in US or japan?
     
  4. Postercowboy

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    CD Japan is now listing the complete line of 100 titles as pre-orders:

    CDJapan : Search result by mqa

    The Oppo 205 has added MQA decoding with one of their firmware upgrades, so if you are a 205 owner, you can release the ‚full potential‘ of MQA. Not that I noticed a single title that has not been repeatedly released in at least once hi-res version before...

    Not that it matters much, but once these are actually out, it would be interesting to hear if there is indeed any improvement over the existing SACD or BR-A version.

    Any Oppo 205 owners here willing to make a test buy?
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2018
  5. tlake6659

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    I have an Oppo 205 and ordered 4 titles that have the new 2018 mastering. I'll report back after I get them.
     
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  6. inperson

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    That's basically almost everyone here :laugh:
     
  7. Postercowboy

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    Great. Looking forward to that.

    Until then, can someone here give a BRIEF explanation what the big improvement of MQA is supposed to be? The resoluti0n of 176.4/24 is actually a tad lower than the better BR-A at 192/24, so what is it?
     
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  8. Postercowboy

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    True. But, take Herbie Hancock MAIDEN VOYAGE for example: If you are a completist and you want all 50 volumes in the series, the AP SACD is a must-have. That I can see.

    Over the last year or so, this album was also available on japanese BR-A, with 192/24 resolution (which does sound terrific, btw). While this was still on sale for under $12, an SHM-SACD came out for just under $40, and now we are seeing the same thing yet again in MQA format for close to $30. Again, all within one year.

    I have been guilty of upgrading in the past, and I also bought both stereo and mono versi0ns more than once, but even for me, there is a limit.

    Fortunately, my Cambridge CXU can‘t decode MQA, so it‘s easy for me to skip this one.
     
  9. Bill Mac

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    But will the 205 have MQA disc playback capability? The Oppo site says "The UDP-205 includes MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files. MQA is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to download." But it doesn't say anything about MQA disc playback.

    I just sent Oppo an email asking if the 205 will have the capability to play and decode MQA CDs.
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2018
  10. ti-triodes

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    Thanks Bill, let us know. I was thinking of grabbing The Royal Scam since it was never released in SHM-SACD. I also wanted to see if MQA is a royal scam. :)
     
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  11. The Bishop

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    CD is dead..?

    My CD player doesn't seem to have been informed.
     
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  12. Bill Mac

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    I already preordered the Royal Scam disc ;).
     
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  13. ti-triodes

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    Ha! I knew it. :D
     
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  14. Bill Mac

    Bill Mac Forum Resident

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    I had the Royal Scam SHM-SACD preordered at cdjapan back in the day before the release was cancelled. I was very disappointed to say the least :shake:!
     
  15. Postercowboy

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    Mine is supposed to ship tomorrow. I think I got a good deal on it, and the ebay classifieds ad sounded totally legit. I usually don‘t do this, but this time I felt ok to pay by Western Union.
     
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  16. Bill Mac

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    What did you order? If it's the Royal Scam MQA CD it's not being released till 6/20/18. If you bought the Royal Scam SHM-SACD then I hate to tell you this but there is no disc as it was never released. Western Union........... never :shake:!

    The Royal Scam [SHM-SACD] [Limited Release] Steely Dan SACD
     
  17. Postercowboy

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    Sorry, I tend to forget that humor does not always travel well over the internet. As the talk was about ROYAL SCAM, I thought the irony in my post would be obvious.
     
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  18. Bill Mac

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    OK. Maybe next time throw in a few ;):laugh::D.
     
  19. Bill Mac

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    I just heard back from Oppo and they confirmed that the 205 has MQA disc playback :).
     
  20. marcb

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    I got it...
     
  21. Time Is On My Side

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    Will these MQA CDs play in a regular CD player? Are they mastered any better than the standard releases?
     
  22. Hymie the Robot

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    Are you asking if every release will have better mastering?
     
  23. JM Jones

    JM Jones Forum Resident

    CD "liquidity" is the key.
     
  24. Which titles did you order?
     
  25. sangfreud

    sangfreud Well-Known Member

    For what it's worth, Stereophile has published several articles on this. MQA basically fixes the time smear problem. See the plots in this article. MQA Tested, Part 1

    They're not too concerned about the lossiness either. "Lossy" has become a dirty word because of MP3, but apparently the stuff MQA "loses" is really of no value, audio-wise, and it enables file sizes that permit streaming. Even Fremer likes the way MQA sounds (though naturally he prefers analog). The only negatives are from a business perspective -- it's proprietary technology, and it prevents the consumer from having an exact copy of the master. It's designed to appeal to the industry, in that regard, and is viewed by some as bullying and disruptive. It's supposed to sound really nice though.
     
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