Not getting MQA through Roon, only using Tidal directly

Core Machine (Operating system/System info/Roon build number)
Mac min 2018; latest Roon update.

Network Details (Including networking gear model/manufacturer and if on WiFi/Ethernet)

Audio Devices (Specify what device you’re using and its connection type - USB/HDMI/etc.)

Description Of Issue
I can see the MQA icon when using Tidal. When I go through the USB connection and use Roon, I don’t see MQA.
All DSP’s are disabled.

What am I doing wrong?


Hi @Bernard_Aubin,

Any change after rebooting your Core machine?

Is this happening for all MQA content? For all endpoints?

Rebooted the Mac, restarted Roon and still no MQA reading on Dac.

Hello @Bernard_Aubin,

In the device setup screen for the USB Bartók zone, set the “MQA Capabilities” to “Renderer Only”.


That did it.
Thanks John and all the support team.

Love new update. Playing things I/ve forgotten over the years!

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Hello @Bernard_Aubin,

Glad to hear it, enjoy the music :headphones: .

For future reference, the dCS Bartók operates as an MQA Renderer when used via its USB input. Alternatively, the Roon Ready networked input acts as an MQA Full Decoder. Despite this small quirk, there should be no difference in performance between the two inputs when playing MQA content to the DAC.


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