The Politics of MQA

The Politics of MQA

The codec known as MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is clearly in its ascendancy. The Big Three record labels have signed on, Tidal is streaming hundreds of MQA-encoded albums, and there’s a steadily expanding amount of audio gear capable of handling MQA, at all price-points. So it’s perhaps surprising that MQA has been met with a continuous flow of skepticism, derision, and outright fury by some audiophiles, both consumers and seasoned industry hands. Or maybe it shouldn’t be surprising. The technology was developed by a team headed by Bob Stuart, an acknowledged authority on digital methodology—and experts in general are viewed ...

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Sony NW-WM1Z Portable Player and MDR-Z1R Headphones

Sony NW-WM1Z Portable Player and MDR-Z1R Headphones

Sony has been creating cost-no-object “flagship” components since early in its history. And while never intended as big-sellers, these models have often provided benchmarks for future, more affordable designs. The new Sony NW-WM1Z portable player ($3199) and MDR-Z1R headphones ($2299) are two of Sony’s latest top-echelon portable audio devices. This review will look at each product individually and then as a unified system. While not perfect for everyone’s needs (nor are they meant to be), the NW-WM1Z and MDR-Z1R boast several unique technical accomplishments that make them special and noteworthy—not to mention their top-end sonic performance. Both the NW-WM1Z and ...

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Stream The Studio Keynote Address At CEDIA 2017 September 7th

CEDIA 2017 Stream The Studio keynote address will discuss the next wave in subscription music streaming and all things Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Music. Sponsored by The DEG (The Digital Entertainment Group), this session recognizes that despite the many advancements over the years, digital music delivery today is not the inspiring experience it could be. That may soon change as several high resolution download services have recently emerged that have been embraced by audiophiles and early adopters alike, and have the potential to engage millions of millennials. Read More

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Flashback! Check Out Our Picks For 2016 Blue Note Awards!

On Friday, September 1, EnjoyTheMusic.com will be announcing our Best Of 2017 Blue Note Awards! Check out our picks for 2016! Our 2016 Blue Note Awards feature Parasound, Q Acoustic, Audioengine, Aurum Cantus, Hegel Music System, Audience AV, Abyss Headphones, iFi Audio, GoldenEar Technology, Nordost Cables, Ayon Audio, ELAC, MarkAudio-SOTA, Rogue Audio, and Kronos. Read More

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iFi Audio iGalvanic3.0 USB Galvanic Isolation Device

iFi Audio's iGalvanic3.0 ($349) is through and through an ultra audiophile-grade galvanic isolation device aimed purely at computer audiophile systems and nothing else. Features include advanced USB2.0 and USB3.0 galvanic isolation of the USB signal with 5GHz Super-Speed (beyond DSD512/768kHz), a special REgenerate2 / REclock2 / REbalance2 USB signal and power, plus Zero Delay advanced isolation technology that is without any added processing or timing uncertainties, delays etc. Read More

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Enjoy the Music.com Blue Note Awards 2017

EnjoyTheMusic.com's Best Of 2017 Blue Note Awards celebrates the many great achievements by audiophile manufacturers within the high-end audio and Hi-Res Audio industry. Our 2017 Blue Note Awards is a culmination of sixteen years of reviewing and carefully choosing what products have earned special recognition for our annual awards. Our Best Of 2017 Blue Note Award celebrates the very best products we have reviewed during the previous 12 months. Read More

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