Bob Stuart & Meridian Launch Master Quality Authenticated Music File Initiative

Bob Stuart, co-founder of Meridian Audio, announces the new Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), eliminating the problems associated with lossy file formats and creating professional studio music quality in the home.

Bob Stuart, co-founder of the high-performance British A/V company Meridian Audio, has developed a new audio format called Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) that is designed to maintain the same quality levels that professionals experience in the studio.
Robert Archer · December 5, 2014

Bob Stuart, founder of Meridian Audio, has launched MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), a new technology that will be positioned to change the way people listen to music all over the world.

Developed by Meridian, MQA is designed to reverse the trend in which sound quality has been continually sacrificed for convenience. According to Meridian, vital elements of music have been thrown away to fit thousands of songs into a pocket or millions of songs in a cloud.

Meridian states that with MQA there is no sacrifice because it captures and preserves nuances and important information that current music files discard, but in a file that is small and convenient to download or stream.

Stuart says that with the development of MQA, listeners can experience their digital audio content at the same quality levels as the professional recording industry.

“Music lovers need no longer be shortchanged; finally we can all hear exactly what the musicians recorded,” he explains. “MQA gives a clear, accurate and authentic path from the recording studio all the way to any listening environment—at home, in the car or on the go. And we didn’t sacrifice convenience.”

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Stuart adds the announcement of MQA is really about the future of recorded music. “Music is important to us all. When the sound is authentic it is more involving, we understand it better and enjoy it longer. MQA is already receiving broad support from the music industry, artists, recording and mastering engineers and record labels.”

In conjunction with the MQA announcement, Meridian has also introduced its second-generation Explorer USB DAC to ensure file playback compatibility: the Explorer2, featuring a significantly more powerful DSP capability than its predecessor.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at [email protected]

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