I just received an email from a manufacturer advising me that they would arrange to have my high-end network DAC shipped to unnamed-country-in-Europe for a factory hardware update that would include Roon Core built into the machine. That’s nice, but since I run Roon on a Synology NAS and on a Mivera Superstream, I asked if there was any other reason to get the update. Among other thoughts, I was wondering if the update would allow me to operate the DAC on my network without requiring a Mac or PC running certain network technology. I would see this as a real improvement.
The response I received was that the update might also implement MQA technology. I shared with my rep what I thought of this [including the discussions here, by Benchmark and Schiit], which came as something of a surprise to him. He saw MQA as nothing but a benefit, and as near as I can tell, the thought that it was an ad hoc sort of DRM for MQA never occurred to them.