Browsing and Playback of MQA Content using Conductor
MQA is a technology that captures the full magic of an original studio performance. Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, MQA delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download – the days of sacrificing quality for convenience are over. Visit mqa.co.uk for more information.
Please note, in order to fully experience MQA sound quality, the Aurender must be connected to an MQA certified DAC. Conductor does not display MQA decoding status unless the unit is an A10 (which contains an MQA certified DAC). Consult with your DAC manufacturer in order to determine the decoding status of an MQA file. If MQA files are located in the local Aurender library, they will appear with the MQA logo next to the song title as shown in the image below.
Filter MQA Content from Local Library
MQA files may be filtered from the local content library by selecting the MQA option from the Bit/Sample Rate filter (1).
After selecting MQA as the option for the Bit/Sample rate filter, MQA content will be filtered from the local library (2).
TIDAL Masters MQA
MQA content is now available for HiFi subscribers to Tidal Streaming, known as "Masters". Easy access to this content is available using the "Masters" tab as shown below.
A10 Specific Features
The Aurender A10 includes Full Decoder MQA technology, and is a fully compliant MQA end-to-end solution enabling you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the "original master recording”. This method of decoding delivers the highest possible sound quality available from MQA.
The Aurender Conductor App will indicate that “MQA" or "MQA Studio” content is being played back.* (1) A green or blue dot next to the MQA logo indicate that the unit is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file, and denotes provenance to ensure that the sound is identical to that of the source material. The blue dot indicates it is playing an MQA Studio file, which has either been approved in the studio by the artist/producer or has been verified by the copyright owner. (2)*
* Please note, this feature is specific to the A10 and will not be displayed on any of the other Aurender models.