I’m more interested in Tidal Hi-Fi at S$9.90. My question is this tier has something to do with 16bit 44.1k MQA encoded without MQA flag for decoding? I prefer straight forward lossless 16bit 44.1k FLAC. Anyone has tested?
Yes, I understand bit n sample translate to data transfer rate. However, I never heard MQA has a bit rate up to 9216kbps. MQA is always encoded either 24/44.1/48 and 16/44.1/48 data transfer rate. To be exact, bit rate up to 1700kbps are common for ‘24bit MQA’, a far cry from 9216kbps.
I’m not interested in MQA, I’m more into 16 bit 44.1k lossless FLAC streaming and it seems you didn’t answer question???
Mqa 44.1/24 at an ORFs of 44.1/24 will be decoded as such it is not truncated to 44.1/16 on the hifi tier. You won’t get any MQA with ORFs higher playing back they revert to the 44.1/16 flac stream which is available for them and you can see this in Roons versions tab. I don’t believe they are truncating anything at all.