MQA support lands on Pioneer network players and CD systems this month

posted on Friday, 12th October 2018 by Steve May

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Pioneer is rolling out support for MQA on a range of network Hi-Fi products. First in line for the free firmware update this month are the N-70AE (pictured) and N-50AE network audio players, and the NC-50/NC-50DAB network CD systems.

The latter cannot decode MQA from an MQA- encoded CD itself, however they can unwrap the files ripped from an MQA-encoded CD, provided its metadata is properly renamed using the MQA Tag Renaming application.

MQA files are delivered in a Zip-style container, which can be played as-is on devices (offering backwards compatibility) or unwrapped by an MQA compatible player, for a higher resolution audio experience said to reflect the original studio master (hence the Master Quality Authenticated label).

The company has long supported the format, offering MQA-encoded music downloads via Onkyo Music in the UK and Germany. Pioneer says that it is working on expanding MQA support to other products.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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