MQA Marks Milestones at Munich
Music technology company MQA has achieved multiple milestones since last year’s Munich High End show. Over the past 12 months, the MQA team has been busy concluding new partnerships to boost the availability of MQA-enabled products and software; the technology has been used to improve physical format releases; and MQA has debuted on TIDAL’s global streaming service.
New MQA Hardware Partners
The list of MQA-enabled hardware partners continues to grow, from boutique to big brands, including: AudioQuest, CanEVER Audio, dCS, Esoteric, IAG, Krell, Lumin, Mark Levinson, MOON by Simaudio, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, TEAC and Wadax.
Jim Garrett, Director, Marketing & Product Management, at Mark Levinson commented, “We are proud to announce the addition of MQA playback support to our Mark Levinson No. 519 Audio Player. The ability to offer our customers the highest level of fidelity is paramount to our brand and MQA is a natural extension of that approach.”
Audiolab and Quad are aiming to launch several products with MQA integrated into their premium 8300 and Artera ranges respectively. IAG’s engineers have spent additional development time to ensure that existing customers will have the option to upgrade their current 8300 or Artera DAC board to make them MQA compatible. Additionally, Krell is planning to include MQA in its Digital Vanguard Integrated Amplifier and Vanguard Universal DAC products.
Dominique Poupart, Product Manager at MOON by Simaudio, stated, “MQA is the ideal format for high quality streaming, and the perfect way to explore new music through various music services. We are excited about integrating this technology into select audio products coming soon in our MOON line-up.”
Good news for TIDAL HiFi subscribers: on 17 May, AudioQuest will release a free firmware update (available at: http://www.audioquest.com/digitalupdates/) for its award-winning DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red portable USB DACs, enabling playback of all MQA files including TIDAL’s growing collection of Masters titles. This update is the first implementation of the MQA rendering technology, making an AudioQuest DragonFly Black or Red the perfect and affordable complement to MQA-ready streaming services.