One of the great pleasures I’ve had with my DirectStream over the past few months is listening to lossless cd-quality music streamed from Tidal. CD Quality streaming from a music service fulfills a longtime dream for me.
I have been reading about Meridian’s MQA data format and the promise of being able to stream high-bitrate audio at the same bandwidth consumed by current CD-quality streaming. Tidal has pledged to adopt this format for it’s high-bitrate streaming offerings later this year.
As awesome as CD-quality streaming is, high-bitrate streaming over the internet is what I’ve been waiting a decade for… it is the pinnacle of what I want to use my DirectStream to listen to. That said, are there plans to support MQA in the DirectStream? This really seems like the killer-app format we’ve been waiting for… Without MQA, the bandwidth requirements for streaming high-bitrate over the internet becomes too onerous.
A few articles on MQA for those that are interested: