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To the original performance. Wherever you listen.

What is MQA?

The Montreux Years is an artist-themed series mined from the legendary festival’s archives. The result of a collaboration between Montreux Jazz Festival and music company BMG, the live releases available in MQA bring together seminal performances, alongside rare and unreleased recordings, of iconic artists such as Nina Simone and Etta James.

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Creator Stories

MQA unlocks every detail of the original master recording.
Discover what that means for music creators and their fans.

Creator Stories


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Montreux Jazz Festival: MQA Releases on BMG

Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG have forged a global partnership, which includes the launch of a live collection series, ‘The Montreux Years’ .
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Theon Cross listens to his music in MQA for the first time

Tuba sensation Theon Cross describes his approach to composing songs and recreating the magic of live performance in the studio.
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Record number of MQA partner wins at What Hi-Fi? Awards 2021

MQA partners won in 10 categories at the 39th edition of the influential tech magazine’s annual awar...
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ASUS launches first gaming headset with MQA

MQA’s award-winning technology has been adopted by global tech leader ASUS for its new ROG (Republic...
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WOWOW + MQA partnership expands to in-app video streaming

WOWOW announces collaboration with NTT Smart Connect to develop a Mac/iOS app "ω (Omega) Player" tha...
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MQA momentum
continues to grow

We’ve been busy forging new relationships with musicians, record labels and music lovers around the world.

“Music fans will love it when they hear it, and WMG is thrilled to be partnering with MQA to take the next step in bringing hi-resolution music to consumers across the globe.”
Craig Kallman,
Chairman & CEO of WMG’s Atlantic Records division
“With MQA, we are working with a partner whose technology is among the best solutions for streaming Hi-Res Audio, and one that doesn't ask music fans to compromise on sound quality for convenience.”
Michael Nash,
Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy at UMG


What is MQA?

MQA stands for Master Quality Authenticated. Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, MQA's award-winning technology captures and authenticates the sound of the original master recording, and packages it in a file small enough to stream or download.

How do I access MQA?

We work closely with our audio hardware partners to enable MQA integration into their devices for authenticated playback. We also support our record label and music service partners to ensure master recordings are encoded and delivered to a growing number of services. Visit How to get MQA section for the most up-to-date list.

Why is MQA important?

MQA’s commitment is to deliver the master recording all the way through to the music fan. Our aim is to reinstate audio quality - too long sacrificed for convenience - as an important ingredient for music. Only MQA can supply the original sound, directly from the studio master, in the highest quality, using less data, while authenticating provenance.

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