What DACs can decode MQA?
MQA and iFi audio
All iFi audio DACs (excluding Pro iDSD, NEO iDSD and iDSD Diablo) are MQA renderers only and therefore require software such as Tidal to perform the decoding. Whereas the Pro iDSD & Neo iDSD are decoders and renderers, therefore can fully unfold MQA.
Is MQA better than hi-res?
Advantages of Using TIDAL MQA
The first advantage of using MQA is the significant bump in audio quality compared to regular CD-quality audio. MQA’s promise of music playback just the way the artist intended makes MQA stand out from other hi-res audio formats.
Is MQA better than lossless?
MQA is not lossless regardless of the original sample rate. MQA adds unwanted noise and distortion. MQA is not usually sourced from a high sample rate master. The MQA ‘authentication’ indicator does not authenticate/guarantee anything.