Sony unveils new Walkman complete with MQA hi-res support
Search for ‘Walkman’ on Google, and the ‘people also ask’ boxout reveals that common searches include ‘When was the Walkman discontinued?’ and ‘Do they still make Walkmans?’. The answer to the latter being...
September 6, 2019
Chinese streaming service Xiami Music adds MQA hi-res audio
Chinese technology company Alibaba's music-streaming service, Xiami Music, is hoping to steal a march on rivals by boosting its sound quality – via a partnership with hi-res audio firm MQA. Xiami will be using MQA's...
July 16, 2019
Tidal’s MQA-powered hi-res tracks now available on iPhone
Hi-res music tech firm MQA has been a partner for streaming service Tidal for a long time now. Yesterday saw the latest expansion of the pair’s relationship: MQA’s master-quality tracks are now available to listen to...
March 12, 2019
MQA talks music and the future of in-car entertainment
This week, rumours that Spotify is preparing to launch a $100 in-car speaker as its first hardware resurfaced. It's a sign of the wider excitement around the potential for music-streaming in cars. Hi-res music-technology...
January 22, 2019
Tidal takes MQA-powered ‘Masters’ hi-res music to Android
It’s two years since streaming service Tidal unveiled its ‘Masters’ feature, offering studio-quality hi-res music for subscribers to its top-end ‘HiFi’ tier. That was a partnership with hi-res music firm MQA, but...
January 8, 2019
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