MQA arrives on Astell & Kern music players, new Audiolab DAC and more

Support for Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) – an audio technology that in recent years has made hi-res audio streaming of networked music files and Tidal Masters a reality – appears to be steaming along at a rate of knots. 

Every technology show seems to be a stage on which MQA can announce new brand partnerships and/or product integrations.

The latest, the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, saw new support for the technology - including from the just-announced trio of new NAD products. The Astell & Kern’s A&ultima SP1000 will be MQA-certified in the next week or so, with more players in the latest A&K range due to receive the update 'soon'.

It is also arriving on Dali’s BluOS-based Callisto wireless speaker system (which we currently have in our test room), while Audiolab’s new 8300CDQ DAC, out later this month, will land MQA-ready.

Krell also plans to integrate MQA into its K-300i amplifier later this year.

A more extensive list of products with MQA support can be found here.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10+ years in the hi-fi industry, she has reviewed all manner of audio gear, from budget amplifiers to high-end speakers, and particularly specialises in headphones and head-fi devices. In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.