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.
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).
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.