MQA: the lossy codec no end user asked for or needs.
MQA: it’s 1999 all over again...
I’m not going to work up to a punchline with this rambling essay. I’ll lay my cards on the table right here in the opening paragraph and reveal that I’m skeptical about MQA, and you should be too.
If you’re wondering what MQA is then you are one of the lucky few who have avoided the publicity. MQA is an audio codec—something like PCM, DSD or MP3—invented by Meridian and now owned and licensed under the company MQA Ltd.
Turning the Tables
Truth, says The New York Times, is based on facts. The revival of vinyl has seen soaring sales but mainly of appliances under £100 that might be called record players but they are record grinders.
Every dealer claims to be an enthusiast. Every […]
Splitting time: Esoteric G-02X Master Clock takes accuracy to new levels…
Having pioneered digital processing over three decades Esoteric’s 30th anniversary clocks are a technical triumph and a musical revelation. We tested the entry level G-02X – not cheap at £5,500 so what does it do?
Here is a clock that is extremely […]
Unison Research Max 1
Unison MAX-1 loudspeakers now on dem. Italian flair, gorgeous cabinets and the golden age sound you thought had gone forever. This could be for you. Read on.
The JBL 4425 studio monitor was launched in 1985. It employed a compression driver, bi-radial […]
On their 20th anniversary Esoteric, world leaders in CD and digital players, released a Super Audio CD Transport and DAC at a relatively accessible price point. What it lacked in overkill components it had in immersive natural sound. In 2007, the P-05 […]
ABYSS AB-1266 Phi headphone–the best just got better.
In Brief. Shipping dates of Diana ($3,000) and AB-1266 Phi ($4,950) coming soon. As before AB-1266 will be available with or without the leather case and desk stand. Upgrade to Phi drivers direct to the factory expected to cost $1,500 plus one-way […]
ProAc Tablette 10
At first glance it is an ordinary loudspeaker but ProAc has never made anything ordinary. In fact, the tenth “tablette” since 1979 is a breakthrough product and one which answers the needs of our time. To the best of my knowledge it is the first sealed […]
Mojo S: An Immersive Experience. A Pinnacle Product.
Are these the best loudspeakers in the world? I am being provocative, always determined to change the world, one review at a time, one reader at a time. The Mojo S cannot be the best loudspeaker in the world. Even at £20k they are a gateway to a range of […]
Gryphon Diablo 300: The King is Dead. Long live the King.
Listening to music. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it. In the past few years years I have trekked through Denmark, France, Italy, and Germany to visit Gryphon, Unison, Zingali, Burmester and others. I take products home. In this way I learn how […]
How much for a needle?
Record players are a return to real Hi-Fi in terms of emotionally involving sound and a lifestyle activity, not a peripheral. You focus on music, play throughout rather than surf tracks or relegate music as a background abstraction.
With the welcome […]
The Music Room is back online...
After a few months break The Music Room is back online with a freshly developed website which we hope will cater to all your needs. The content is a little sparse at the moment, but we'll be adding to it over the coming weeks.
Feedback on the new site […]
Luce Trio: Pieces, Vol. 1
A profound, understated album which successfully straddles the classical/jazz divide.
On paper this album is a recipe for disaster: a jazz trio of alto sax, electric guitar, and double bass improvising over themes by Baroque and early music heavyweights […]
Faure: Requiem (The Choir of King's College, Cambridge)
Sublime music, captured in vivid sound.
Arranged here in its original liturgical score and played with the sound of a 19th century French Orchestra (which is very distinctive), this is a feast for the soul as well as for the ears. Vivid recording captured […]
Bring out the best in your headphone with Unison Research SH
A few short years ago dedicated headphone amplifiers were few and far between. With the explosion in popularity of high-end headphones all that has changed and we’re now seeing headphone amps from a wide variety of manufacturers, old and new.
When news […]
Hear clearly with Clearaudio
We are delighted to announce that The Music Room is now an authorised Clearaudio dealer. The acclaimed German manufacturer are known for their exceptional turntables and vinyl accessories, and an exhaustive range of cleaning products to keep your shiny […]