I had previously thought the MQA decoding by the 205 was via the USB IN only but the info states “The latest firmware update to the UDP-205 adds MQA decoding to the UDP-205’s digital audio file playback”. With all this time on my hands I decided to play around with the setup.
I have the Device Setup for the HDMI zone configured with “Enable MQA Core Decoder OFF”, and “MQA Capabilities Decoder and Renderer”. The NUC has HDMI to the OPPO HDMI IN and the OPPO HDMI output to a Denon 8500H.
The MQA files are playing, the signal path has MQA Authentication displayed, but the OPPO does not show any indication that it is processing MQA files. With the USB in the display on the TV does show MQA file processing but with HDMI there is only the NUC boot screen.
Since the music is playing does that mean the MQA files are being decoded correctly by the OPPO?
Would the music be playing either way?
Hoping someone will know and advise.