Sometimes things are simpler than you think. Also sometimes you have all pieces of the puzzle and you still do not see the big picture. MQA seems to fall into this category.
I have been doing a lot of reading these last few weeks. There is quite some discussion on fora and audio news sites on Meridians latest invention called MQA. But what is MQA exactly and what is Meridian not telling us? This is what we will investigate in this article.
This article is based on info found on fora and audio news site, but mostly on technical descriptions from patents. I have not had the pleasure to listen to MQA myself, so I can not confirm nor refute any claims made on the quality of the sound.
The Revelation One filter can not only up-sample, as it is used in its default application, but it can also down-sample. This way it can be used to create a CD master from the original studio master. We already tested this some time ago, and it turns out that a CD master created using Revelation One is remarkable close to the original studio master, and clearly sounds better than the regular CD version.
We decided to offer this functionality of the Revelation One filter as a service. This way everybody can create this best sounding CD version of their painstakingly created studio master. And do not take our word for the quality of the conversion. We are happy to provide test files of some of your own songs free of charge. Please contact us for more information.
After my initial success with Dynamic Resolution Enhancement (see this post) it proved to be more difficult than anticipated. With some albums it worked great, but with most it gave issues. After a lot of testing and improving the program I am at the point that it now works properly with most albums, expect the ones with serious clipping. However to solve the problems there are now 2 parameters, so it does not work automatically as the original goal was. For one parameter I have made an evaluation function, but this means the track needs to be scanned in advance. For the other parameter I still need to find a good solution to integrate it into the program.
At the moment I am beta testing a completely new software solution for the Simple Audio Roomplayer. Key features include:
- GAPLESS playback … this is essential of course.
- Working PAUSE … not 100% essential, but still very useful.
- Native 3rd party iPhone, iPad and Android apps.
- Web interface.
- Spotify support. For people that have never heard of Deezer …
When new info comes available I will update this post.
Although it has worked perfectly fine in the past and has not been changed at all, the contact page did not work anymore. No idea how long this is already going on, but I guess it must have happened with a WordPress update.
So if you have contacted me and did not get any answer, please contact me again.
Simple Audio has released a v2.1 beta of their software for the Roomplayer. They recognize the problems with their v2.0 release. Also instructions are provided to revert back to v1.3. I do not think that is necessary, as it seems that v2.1 is essentially v1.3 with the new look. Direct SMB support in the Roomplayer is again removed and UPnP support is restored. So in short we are back at the same point we were in october last year when v1.3 was released. I do not know what to think of all this. Direct SMB support in the Roomplayer was not a bad idea, it only needed some more work. Also the UPnP support is a good thing, but this also needs some work to iron out the problems at the app side (Roomplayer works fine with UPnP).