Now I have a proper setup to test these things once and for all.
For the SGCD, DSD trumps all notion of MQA -PCM. This newfounded obsession with MQA is just hype to my ears.
The magic that PCM->DSD conversion provides is several magnitudes greater than fiddling about with PCM.
For experimentation I have tested Tidal MQA of several tracks vs. my 24 bit downloads… both upsampled the same way to DSD to my SGCD.
MQA sounds muddy, strings and piano blend together and sound like they are being constrained.
The local 24 bit comes alive more like the instruments are here in the room. Violin has so much more emotion and expression. The MQA took away the violin’s voice and made it sound generic. Non-MQA you get a sense of the player’s personality. Several tracks sampled from Max Richter - Three Worlds.
I will stand up and say that PS Audio is ahead of the curve. DSD sounds like music, MQA sounds like a band-aid. I can’t wait for a DS Jr!