Not a big fan of Meridian or of proprietary formats. Heck, I'm still angry I can't easily rip the DSD files off of the SACDs that I PAID FOR. So I won't be buying into MQA. I expect it will probably die a pretty quick death.
I agree with Avadia about the proprietary formats. I feel strongly about this and also about subscriber-only services.
I personally reject a subscriber service (roon) that doesn’t let you continue to use what you’ve already paid for. I’m sure that, in time, someone else will integrate music metadata and play-to functionality in a pay-for-version fashion. Jriver did it and they got my dollars. If the folks at AllMusic aren’t working on it now, they’re mad.
I have avoided iTunes, sacd, Roon and now MQA. If they prove their premise and work out a sensible business model AND back it up with a decent music catalogue, only then might it be worth considering. But not if it means bullying their peers into subordinate roles or treating their customers like dumb bank accounts.
The biggest need in my eyes is for more high quality music that isn’t ruined for radio or earplug playback. Until then a great format can seldom deliver to their full potential. I don’t have the years or the money to replace my large 44/16 collection even if enough DSD or MQA or MFFE (most fabulous format ever) music is available before I croak.
PS Audio, you’ve demonstrated how good music (esp cd quality) can sound at a price that must dismay the competition and didn’t attempt to control anyone. And you keep on giving through free FW upgrades, trade-ups, etc. I commend your consideration for your customers that seems second to none.
With respect to MQA, I recommend waiting. It’ll probably go away.
Apologies for the rant.