Roon MQA and Mytek Brooklyn dac+

I am happy that you are working on MQA implementation. Having problems with Tidal Masters via Roon: If I set my dac as can’t decode or render I get Masters at 88 or 96 kb/s, roon is apparently software unfolding, My dac can do both unfolding and rendering. If it set it (in Roon) as able to do either or both, I only get 44 or 48 kb/s music. In no case does the MQA blue light come on as recognizing a MQA stream.

When playing directly from Tidal all the MQA files are recognized and decoded properly, though.

Windows 10, MSI laptop, Roon 1.5 build 253.

Am I doing something wrong here?

TIA

Hello @Sam_Edwards,

Can you send me a screenshot of your Roon Signal Path?

-John

Here it is. Roon is currently set to expect the dac to take care of unfolding and rendering

Hello @Sam_Edwards,

Can you try setting the “MQA Capabilities” of the device to “Renderer Only” and reporting back what you see on the display of the Brooklyn?

-John

playing Ornette Coleman, The Atlantic Years, the dac display shows word length of 32 and 48 khz (should be 192). The MQA light is not lit. Dac is set as renderer only.

Hello @Sam_Edwards,

If you have the DAC set to “Renderer Only” and are seeing 32/48 on your device, that means that Roon’s MQA Core Decoder is not activated. Let’s get that working and then we can continue troubleshooting. Go back to the Device Setup page for the Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ zone, click the “show advanced” button, and make sure that “Enable MQA Core Decoder” is on. When you have done this, make sure to click the “Save” button to confirm your settings.

-John

Well, enable MQA decoder was not checked. My bad! It now is enabled.

Playing a MQA album encoded at 192 k I now get the following:
no MQA 32/96
renderer only 32/96
decoder only 32/48
both 32/48

at no time does the MQA light come on.

Hello @Sam_Edwards,

Please make sure to check that you have MQA enabled in the settings on your Mytek Brooklyn DAC+. You can also try using the Mytek ASIO drivers located at their support website to see if that changes the behavior of MQA playback.

-John

Using the ASIO Mytek driver makes the MQA decoding in the dac work properly. I can just use the ASIO, although eventually it would be nice to get back to the regular driver