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MQA file format (MQA)

After capturing the performance, MQA folds the file to make it small enough to stream. Desribed as ‘Music Origami’, MQA captures 100% of the original studio performance. It then cleverly adapts to deliver the highest quality playback your product can support.

MQA Core Decoder

This unfolds the MQA file once to deliver even higher than CD-quality. It is included in some products with digital outputs such as Bluesound, Pioneer and Onkyo players, as well as streaming services such as TIDAL and media players like Audirvana.

The first unfold recovers all the direct music-related information. Output is 88.2kHz or 96kHz.