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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:53 am 
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I currently am using a Bluesound Node 2 and looking at upgrading.

Primarily I will be streaming from Tidal and have been exploring MQA. I have picked up a Bryston BDA 3 to be used with my Bluesound and CD player. I would like to continue exploring MQA and have been looking at some different options:

1) Lumin D2 or T1 for the full decoding and rendering.
2) Lumin U1 mini and keep my BDA 3. This will allow me to plug in my CD player and explore downloading HD files. This option will also allow me to get the first two unfolds of MQA but the BDA 3 will not do the final rendering.

I guess my question is.... Is a better DAC (without MQA) going to give me better resolution then an all in one streamer like the Lumin using MQA?

Here is the rest of my system:
Bryston 4b3
Rogue Audion RP5 Pre-amp
PMC 25.24 Speakers
Node 2 - Steamer
Acoustic Solid/ Solid Wood table
Dynavector 20x2L Cartridge
Goldnote PH10 & PSU
XLO Signature 3, Reference and BIS Maestro Cables

Thoughts?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:30 pm 
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I had full decoding with an Aurender A10 (pretty similar to the Lumin). I now have partial decoding (2nd fold) with an Aurender N100H (MQA enabled streaming Tidal) and a BDA3 (not MQA). Do I hear a difference with MQA files? Yes... The N100H and BDA3 sounds better than the A10 because the BDA3 is a better dac to my ears than the Aurender A10. Would my MQA files sound better with a Mytek Brooklyn (full MQA decoding)? Not sure because probably the BDA is still a better dac to my ears than the Brooklyn. And yet, others will say the opposite...

To be honest, I dont think you miss a lot with a BDA3 as a dac even if its not MQA. Your milleage may vary, its my experience.

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