MQA is now available on CD, allowing any CD player to deliver more detailed, nuanced playback. When paired with a decoder, MQA-CD unveils the full master quality recording, just as it sounded in the studio.

MQA-CD Playback

The unique way in which MQA-CDs are encoded allows them to deliver richer, more natural audio on whichever device they’re played on - from a marked improvement on a standard device, to original master quality with an MQA decoder.

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Regular CD Player

As a result of the MQA encoding process, MQA-CDs benefit from increased timing precision and de-blurring when played on any device.

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CD Player + MQA-Enabled DAC

Your CD player’s digital output (optical or coaxial) can be fed to an MQA decoder. The MQA decoder can restore the original high-resolution signal heard in the studio and confirm it, using the authentication signature. MQA-compatible DACs include: the Mytek Liberty; Technics SU-G30; MOON 390 by Simaudio; Meridian 818v3 Preamplifier, 218, 251 and Ultra DAC; and Brinkmann Nyquist.

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MQA-Enabled CD Player

These CD players can recognise an MQA-CD. The built-in MQA decoder will automatically restore the high-resolution signal heard in the studio and confirm it, using the authentication signature. MQA-enabled CD players include Oppo UDP-205 and Meridian 808v6 with more coming soon.

View the Technical Detail

The MQA technology has been developed from Bob Stuart’s lifetime of work. To get the full technical detail, visit his blog, Bob Talks.

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