MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) in a nutshell
Traditional encoding discards music information to reduce file size. MQA captures the entire signal and then “folds” it up; this file will play at above CD quality on any device, but on an MQA-capable player the file is completely unfolded to unlock the full MQA experience. This “audio origami” allows high-res files to be streamed more efficiently. The music service Tidal, for example, now has a selection of MQA files available for streaming.
Owners of AudioQuest DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red USB DACs can now update their devices to firmware version 1.06, which includes support for MQA rendering and optimizations for use with Android devices.
Updating your DragonFly Black or Red is fast and easy: Download update and instructions
Here’s a helpful video with AudioQuest designer Skylar Grey that takes you through the process.
For a list of FAQs about MQA and DragonFly, click here.