MQA chief Mike Jbara talks hi-res music and streaming evolution
“Up to this point, if you were to summarise the industry’s marketing message around hi-res music, it’s ‘will you pay more for better sound quality?’ That’s a losing marketing message.” This may not be a surprising...
July 24, 2018
Hi-res music: ‘The barrier is the understanding of the value of the proposition’
Major labels are very excited about upping the audio quality of music-streaming services, under the banner of ‘hi-res music’. Audio hardware firms are excited too, while some streaming services (Tidal, Deezer and dedicated...
February 2, 2018
Major labels talk hi-res audio: ‘It’s not a niche market’
Traditionally, better audio quality has been a niche, from physical formats like DVD-Audio and SACD to lossless-quality music downloads. Will ‘hi-res’ audio be more than a niche for audiophile music fans? The three...
September 4, 2017
Deezer reveals MQA deal for its hi-res music tier
Last week, we reported on Deezer’s rebranding of its hi-res tier from Deezer Elite to Deezer HiFi. Now there’s another development in the streaming service’s hi-res ambitions: a partnership with tech firm MQA. “The...
September 4, 2017
LG’s new V30 smartphone will include MQA technology
Hi-res audio firm MQA’s latest hardware partnership is with LG, which is preparing to launch its new V30 Android smartphone. “The LG V30 also includes technology from partner company MQA Ltd. that facilitates high...
August 29, 2017
Black Sabbath box-set includes ‘crucistix’ of MQA albums
Black Sabbath are getting a new deluxe box-set treatment in September: a limited-edition vinyl box-set called ‘The Ten Year War’. It’ll include the band’s eight albums fronted by Ozzy Osbourne, as well as other...
June 27, 2017
Will music fans want to ‘stream the studio’ with hi-res audio? (#midem)
Major labels, a number of prominent artists, audio hardware firms and some streaming services are excited about the potential for ‘hi-res audio’. But will more than a niche of fans agree? A panel session during Midem...
June 6, 2017
Live-music site Nugs.net adopts MQA hi-res format
Hot on the heels of signing a licensing deal with Merlin, hi-res audio firm MQA has announced a partnership with live-music site Nugs.net. The latter will now make some of its archive of concert recordings available in...
May 25, 2017
UMG backs MQA and predicts ‘half a dozen’ hi-res streaming launches in 2017
Universal Music Group has signed a multi-year partnership with MQA, which will see the label group encoding its catalogue using the latter’s technology for ‘Hi-Res Audio’ streaming. It’s the second major-label...
February 16, 2017
Tidal becomes first streaming service to offer MQA music
Until now, 'high-resolution' music has been an audiophile niche for the most part, and mainly focused on downloads rather than streaming. Tidal made higher-quality streams part of its offering from the start – indeed,...
January 5, 2017
Mike Jbara joins MQA as CEO
Former Warner Music executive Mike Jbara has joined music and audio technology company MQA as its new CEO.
August 1, 2016