New to Roon and Tidal via Roon. I am loving life right now. So glad I work out of a home office 90% of the time so I can enjoy this… I have read many of the MQA folding/unfolding threads and I am so confused.
take Norah Jones Come Away With Me as an example. I have an HD Tracks hi-rez download at 192/24 on my local NAS. Playing through Roon, my Marantz HD-DAC1 via a SOtM SMS-200 lights up 192k, and sounds amazing
On Tidal, there are 3 versions of this album. One is the standard CD quality 44.1.
On the other two, when I play either of them, my DAC pops up at 48k. My audio tree in Roon reads,
“Tidal FLAC 48kHz 24-bit, 2ch, MQA 96hz”.
I had my wife run 5 blind tests on me switching between my local 192/24 and the Tidal MQA recording. It was not really close for me, playing them through my HD800’s. I could pick my 192/24 every time. The vocals are just so much more “pure” and right up front where they should be. I fully get that determining whether a local recording or a stream from Tidal sounds better involves many factors, but…
My question. Do I need an MQA-capable DAC to enjoy all that MQA can provide (in some cases) at the higher sampling rate? That’s where I am confused.
Thanks for any input you might have.