I’ve only been following this forum since May of last year so my opinions may not count for much with some.
In an effort to help you catch up on the feelings about MQA I would say that opinions vary widely and some are very fervent in their support of or disdain for MQA.
Supporters tend to like what they hear and you will see some recent posts where users have reported doing an A/B test between an MQA album on Tidal and a Hi-Res version of the the same album on Qobuz and finding that the MQA version sounded very close and in some cases better than the Hi-Res version. As expected MQA supporters were glad to hear this but it’s blasphemy to its detractors.
I’m not sure all the detractors have listened to many MQA albums and I suspect some have not listened to any. Concerns about lossy vs lossless, perceived sound quality issues, DRM, proprietary format, fills a need that does not exist, created to make money and other individual issues seem to be enough to inspire what sometimes comes across from a few as hatred for MQA and disdain for anyone who likes it and listens to it. I just read a post where someone stated they would not support a record label if MQA was all they published for streaming. I respect their view but I don’t share it.
Sometimes it seems that exchanges between detractors and supporters are like two ships passing in the night, both are expressing their opinion but no one is really listening to the other. Especially the apparent refusal of many detractors to acknowledge that others are listening to it and like what they are hearing.
My library is small but growing, at the moment 40% ( 222 of 562 ) of the albums in it are MQA and I enjoy listening to them. I’ve read posts by users whose hearing appears to be much better than mine and they hear “defects” I just don’t hear. I also know I’m just renting via Tidal and that could come to an end if Tidal shuts down or if some of the wilder conspiracy theories about the real motives behind MQA come to pass.
Should I lose access to MQA content I’ll survive even if I have to completely rebuild my library and I’ll continue to use Roon as long as they have a streaming partner. I’m in the “I don’t have to own it to enjoy it” group since my library has less than 100 CD rips. Those in the “I have to own it” group have much larger physical libraries and strong feelings about streaming with some refusing to stream. For me streaming made getting back into music possible and affordable after I retired last year.
I mentioned earlier seeing some posts comparing MQA and Hi-Res content that reported that the MQA content held its own against the Hi-Res content. To me they support my own theory that one of the design goals for MQA was to offer better than CD quality streaming at much lower bandwidth than 24/96 or 24/192 streaming. Given that MQA streams at 24/48 I’m assuming that it uses about half the bandwidth of 24/96 and only one quarter the bandwidth of 24/192. While that makes no difference to a user with high speed internet to their home I suspect it would make a real difference to someone like Spotify. Of course, the big players like Spotify may never feel compelled to stream better than CD quality since their hundreds of millions of users seem content with less than CD quality.
My opinions are my own and my therapist assures me I believe them
Feel free to share your opinions here, everyone else does.