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  • #10169

    Robert
    Participant

    I want to ask you what are the plans on MQA on the Elac Discovery ?

  • #10194

    Charles Mallari
    Moderator

    The Discovery runs a version of Roon, called Roon Essentials. Currently, full Roon does not support MQA. According to their forums, Roonlabs has made MQA support a top priority. After they have implemented MQA on Full Roon, we hope to be able to test and incorporate this feature to Roon Essentials.

    Respectfully,
    Charles Mallari

  • #12033

    saylormd
    Participant

    In the meantime—What is the effective format currently (before MQA integration) when playing a Tidal Master track via the analog output of the ELAC Discovery Server? I am guessing it is usually 96 kHz 24 bit. is that correct? Would it be the same using an a hi quality external dac?

    It sounds good, slightly more detailed than CD, but as I audition the ELAC I would like to know what fidelity I am listening to. Neither Roon nor Tidal tells me, nor does my external dac (though it locks on nicely, and sounds nearly identical).

    • #12052

      Charles Mallari
      Moderator

      Tidal has 96 kHz/24 bit lossless files. But the Discovery supports 192kHz/24 for Local content.

      Respectfully,
      Charles Mallari

  • #13482

    saylormd
    Participant

    I still do not know what fidelity I am listening to. Charles, does the MQA “first unfold” occur currently when a Tidal Master is played on the Discovery?

    • #13498

      Charles Mallari
      Moderator

      Hey Saylor,

      The Standard files that play from Tidal are 96 kHz/24 bit lossless files, which is equivalent resolution to MQA’s first unfold. From my understanding, MQA is a lossy format. It’s smart lossy, but still lossy. But I understand there is a special processing that makes it “better”. But I really do wonder if MQA at the first unfold is better than a fully lossless 24/96.

      Respectfully,
      Charles Mallari

  • #15156

    Robert
    Participant

    Restart the topic full Roon 1.5 is now supporting MQA is it now possible that Elac wil support MQA in Roon Essentials ?

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