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I've been a fan of Radio Paradise for many years. I don't want to ruffle any feathers here but being firmly in the anti-MQA camp I found this disappointing. I spoke with Bill last week (via email) about this and he was gracious, as usual. He explained they will continue streaming flac for non-Bluesound users and us anti-MQA'ers. He likes MQA better than flac and believes it to be a nice option for his listeners, one which may bring new listeners to the service. Of course I wish him well but I will no longer support them financially. In fact, I won't support any service or manufacturer who is in bed with this company.
Ain’t ruffling my feathers. I am perfectly satisfied with FLAC format and the resolutions they provide and have no plans to jump on the MQA wagon. although I would like a SACD player :). I am a huge fan of RP as well and will continue supporting them. I asked Bill on RP forum about the future of Non MQA formats and he led me to believe they will someday deliver FLAC 24/96.
@tomic601 I currently have my Bluesound Pulse speakers set up in my office. My ARC VSi55 tried to catch on fire and is in the shop. Needless to say they are a bit of a step down from my KEF Ref 1s, but they keep the music flowing. I sold my Node 2s some time ago. Great value for the money, but not the ultimate in refinement.
Here's a long discussion about RP audio quality https://pinkfishmedia.net/forum/threads/why-does-radio-paradise-sound-so-good.225961/
Looking forward to being able to meet in person.
I updated my my Bluesound components last night and gave RP a listen on the MQA platform. I liked the presentation. The sense of space, instrumental separation, and more dimensional images are what stood out for me. Big win for no additional $$$$.
btw, through my Tidal subscription I have noted that MQA is not a guarantee of a great recording. There are many cd files that sound better than some MQA files. However, I find an excellent recording in the MQA format does offer more than an excellent recording in the cd format.