Tidal has plenty of the same masters in redbook and MQA, so I can quickly do the A/B test. My overall impression so far:
- MQA tracks sound louder.
- When level-matched, MQA tends to add more “volume” around the tone, e.g. saxophone sounds like it’s blowing a bit more air out. As a result, the tonal color becomes richer and the sound stage opens up a bit more, creating a bit more natural ambience. These are the main traits that I consider improvements.
Any thoughts? Do others agree/disagree with my comments?