Please post a link to a lossless high rate high resolution PCM track you like. My issue is those tracks cost $$$ while I had 10000+ MQA tracks dropped on Tidal and I REALLY like them... a lot. If i listen to MQA for a while and then play a non MQA track it is like fingers on a chalk board. If i never heard MQA I would not miss it but now that I have I want more. If the type of recordings you prefer are worth it and the selection is available I'll bite.
I suggest ripping a track that you like from Redbook CD and playing it through a different (well respected) DAC. Compare that to the "same" recording via MQA. DAC DAC HS recommended for the non-MQA, of course, to assure the cleanest signal. This eliminates the possibility that non-MQA is purposely handicapped to give MQA an advantage. However, this also gives the non-MQA version a disadvantage since it's not high-res. To avoid this issue, just get something from HD Tracks in high-res (96/24 recommended, since MQA starts with that format, 192/24 would be cheating). I don't have any rights-free content worth publishing for this test, plus it's best to compare the same track, even though the MQA one is possibly re-mastered, giving it an advantage.
The other thing is, theoretically
, a high res track in lossless format will not be compressed in any way post-master, but the MQA version will be compressed
, so the comparison may not be all that valuable. It also might vary greatly based on the track or tracks you pick to compare. There are tricks one can play pre-encoding that will make a track sound better in one version, and there's no way to know if that kind of bias was inserted. This was a "thing" back in the days of DCC. Does anyone remember DCC?
The only really fair test is to use an MQA encoder and start with the same base file, but they won't let you do that (:
Thanks for your kind post.