Although I generally like and appreciate the performance of my recently acquired DirectStream DAC and BridgeII along with DirectStream Memory Player, I was greatly disappointed to find that their much-heralded addition of MQA capablility is only partial, that is PS Audio currently provides only the first “unfolding” stage of MQA translation but not the second decoding of MQA encoding. (For further elucidation of this see articles in recent issues of The Absolute Sound.) I must admit PSAudio’s advertising does not make this clear and I feel somewhat misled. In fact even the tech with whom I spoke about this issue on the PSAudo 800 telephone line did not know PS Audio’s machines were lacking in this respect. Had I known I might very well have bought another brand of player and DAC, perhaps Brooklyn.
Does the company have any plans to make this right? Certainly more forthcoming advertising is in order and how about a software update (one of the chief reasons I bought the brand in the first place) to add the second step of MQA decoding?