Bob was there? He knows how every picture looked in real life?
A few mastering engineers of the original masters have indicated they were not involved in a “white glove” treatment. In fact we have had a few go as far as to say that what they hear from MQA isn’t how they wanted it when they mastered it.
To take it a step further, there isn’t white glove treatment being applied to bulk back catalogs. Just a generic “lens correction” in most cases. That’s money the studios aren’t going to spend. For MQA advertising of course they discuss the full mile and in special cases probably do do it.
Personally I don’t apply generic lens correction to my photos it does more harm than good.
It’s pretty simple, if you want true to what the mastering engineer heard buy the hi-res pcm. PCM captured from analog tape at high res doesn’t include these destructive filters in the audible range that MQA is “fixing”. Nor does it require extensive filtering on playback like redbook to reduce pre and post ringing.
If you want what Bob thinks it should sound like having never been in the room, use his DSPing buy MQA. Note that the MQA will have thrown away original data to achieve the oragami compression when applying it’s DSP.
Modern digital recordings have so many analog to digital events and sometimes digital only events the best MQA could do is average or at best not do any “deblurring” without doing more harm than good.