Okay, while my post’s title is identical to John H. Darko’s the exclamation points were mine. In short, MQA is BAD for consumers. First, it is a lossy format so it provides little to no new value to audio industry. Second, it is an attempt to extort licensing fees from consumers, manufactures and record producers. There is no win here except for the MQA developers. Schiit came out with the statement that they have no intention of supporting this schitty protocol and I applaud them for taking that stand. We should all take the same stand!!! John Darko has a post summarizing Schiit’s statement.
When you purchase music on a physical medium such as albums, tapes or CDs you have a perpetual license to listen to that music. In fact, several legal cases have given you the right to have a backup of this music. It gets a bit muddy around your rights to “RIP” the music from the medium to another format but it appears that you have this right as well. All said, if you purchase music on a physical medium you can listen to that on any device and as many as you wish. This is why I only purchase music on physical media or via DRM free digital vendors. MQA is another approach at ripping you and me off and we need to reject it.
Schiitting on MQA
John Darko has a new review up on his site digitalaudioreview.net. Google Chromecast Audio set to disrupt audio streaming space according to John. This device will allow you stream audio directly to your hifi system. All for $35.
Review of the Chromecast Audio
Darko has a review of the Schiit decrapifier. I’ve heard mixed reviews but generally positive.
A change at RMAF this year. DAR has reported that there will be three rooms dedicated to affordable audio. One room will be dedicated to a complete solutions totalling $500 another at $1,000 and a third at $1,500. What a great add for the festival.
RMAF – DAR review
The link below will take you to a customer service issue with the new Pono that was handle incredibly well.
John Darko’s experience with Pono repair.
John Darko has posted his initial impressions of the new PonoPlayer DAP. In short, he likes the SQ of it as compared to the AK120II and the Sony NWZ-ZX1. However, he mentions that the UI, build quality and other qualities of the PonoPlayer are lacking when compared to the other two. If you are interested in a $400 DAP the PonoPlayer might be a consideration. The reason why I would never recommend it is due the UI. Other DAPs in this price range have more refined interfaces, equal or greater storage and I dare say equivalent SQ.