Music major 7digital first to confirm MQA format support

posted on Friday, 19th December 2014 by Steve May

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Digital music and radio services outfit 7digital is the first content distribution major to sign up to Meridian’s revolutionary new lossless audio format MQA (Master Quality Authenticated).  A partnership between the two means that 7digital will offer music in the format for both downloads and streaming.  Meridian Audio co-founder Bob Stuart describes MQA as a “seismic shift in coding technology.” Unlike rival higj-res audio formats, it achieves sonic clarity withing a small file size.

“MQA is a revolutionary new development in the journey towards serving consumers the purest high resolution digital files,” says 7digital CEO Simon Cole. “MQA, which will be available in early 2015, delivers the quality of original studio recordings so cleverly and efficiently that it can be conveniently streamed or downloaded. For decades Meridian Audio has been at the forefront of audio innovation. We feel extremely privileged to have been involved so closely with the Meridian team right through the R&D stage, lending our own considerable and longstanding experience in high quality digital music services to the process. I truly believe MQA will become the standard for high quality streaming in the years to come.”

The company has already confirmed it will be offering hi-res music services via Technics range and Onkyo. 

Also read:
Meridian outs high resolution high efficiency codec
Melco intros audiophile grade music servers
Now Technics launches 24-bit download music store

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and Ideal Home (amongst others).

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