Stellar Gain Cell DAC with Tidal Hi-Fi: will it play MQA encoded hi-res files?

As a second system I own a complete Stellar kit (SGCD + 2 M700s) that I really enjoy on a daily basis. The quality of the system is outstanding and compares very decently to a much more expensive “large” system I own, with a PS Directstream Junior DAC as a source. I am a satisfied subscriber of Tidal and have learned to take advantage of the streaming of high resolution files using ROON and Tidal Hi-Fi into my DS Junior DAC. I would love to use Tidal Hi-Fi on this second Stellar system but it seems to me that the DAC is playing only the RBCD (44,1/16) resolution of the files as it does not support MQA and is not able therefore to “unfold” the encoded files.
The questions are the following:

  1. Can anybody confirm this information?
  2. Due to the wonderful reception the Stellar line has got, is PS Audio planning an update for the Stellar Gain Cel DAC in order to support MQA? If so, how could this update be carried out by consumers?
    Thank you very much for your kind assistance. Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina

It will not do the second unfold but software like Roon will do the first unfold to 96khz.

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Thank you very much for your immediate response.

Paul has said the SGCD will not be updated to do hardware MQA decoding. So go with the software unfold as cap suggested.

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So, I am streaming from my iMac via Tidal thru AppleTV 4k to Denon 4300 with preouts to PSA SGCD/S300. Am I getting any MQA decoding? Also stream via Audirvana from the iMac directly to the Denon then thru the PSA units. Does that provide any MQA decoding? Very confusing…

No as there no MQA components in your chain.

My understanding is that Tidal provides MQA capability. So, how do I get MQA decoding from Tidal on my iMac to the end point, my speakers?

Tidal and A+ both perform the first unfold to 24/96 kHz. This first unfold contains most of the goodies.

IMO, you should look at the GCD display and see what kind of rez is showing. It should be same as the track’s rez info on Audirvana, up to 96 khz. If it is the same, you are getting the MQA…

How do I bring up the rez info on the SGCD display?

Ziggi? Anyone???

It always displays the sample rate on the screen.

There is no 16/24 bit info available on the screen.