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Thread: How to rip a MQA CD to enjoy Hi-res music

  1. #1

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    Question How to rip a MQA CD to enjoy Hi-res music

    Hi, I am using a Mac version of Dbpoweramo CD Ripper, how can I rip a MQA CD to enjoy the Hi-res music at 24/192. What DSP setting and/or any other setting I should adopt ?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Da Man
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    Re: How to rip a MQA CD to enjoy Hi-res music

    Nothing can rip MQA

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    Re: How to rip a MQA CD to enjoy Hi-res music

    Do you have a Ottava CD, from their release in Japan?
    The idea is they play as regular Redbook CDs with 16/44.1 tracks, but with MQA encoding, so when playback through a MQA enabled DAC, the additional HiRes information is extracted. But it only at the DAC that this decoding will occur, until then the CD is read as a Redbook CD.
    So I wonder if the tracks can be ripped, whether the FLAC files extract still contain the MQA encoding, and therefore can be decoded.
    i.e. placed on a NAS, and read by Roon Core, which has the ability to make the first unfold through software decoding.
    Would need to experiment.

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    Re: How to rip a MQA CD to enjoy Hi-res music

    Quote Originally Posted by simes_pep View Post
    Do you have a Ottava CD, from their release in Japan?
    The idea is they play as regular Redbook CDs with 16/44.1 tracks, but with MQA encoding, so when playback through a MQA enabled DAC, the additional HiRes information is extracted. But it only at the DAC that this decoding will occur, until then the CD is read as a Redbook CD.
    So I wonder if the tracks can be ripped, whether the FLAC files extract still contain the MQA encoding, and therefore can be decoded.
    i.e. placed on a NAS, and read by Roon Core, which has the ability to make the first unfold through software decoding.
    Would need to experiment.
    I just brought the Classic Sampler, so I just copy all the MQA files from the MQA CD to my NAS/Macbook, then see if Roon can decode the MQA files ? Will give it a try later..thanks

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    Re: How to rip a MQA CD to enjoy Hi-res music

    dBpoweramp can rip MQA encoded CDs. Just ripped Supertramp - Breakfast In America (UHQCD) that has MQA 352.8kHz/24bit resolution encoded. The CD streamed to my PS Audio DirectStream DAC (via PerfectWave Network Bridge II) and it perfectly "unfolded" the MQA resolution. Awesome program as usual!

    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/UICY-40204

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