Index

Hi-Res CD Brief Introduction
Hi-Res CD Sampler
Pop & Rock Titles
Jazz/Fusion Titles
Classical Music Titles
MQA-enabled Hardware List
Frequent Question & Answer on Hi-Res CD

Hi-Res CD Brief Introduction

Hi-Res CD uses two key features to realize the high fidelity, capability, and compatibility.

The first key feature is MQA, which stands for Master Quality Authenticated.
By using this coding technology, large size high resolution audio files are capsulized while keeping their quality. If you play Hi-Res CD on MQA-enabled hardware/software, capsulized files will be decoded, and the full potential of the disc will be harnessed. For more details, visit MQA Technology in Detail (external link)

The second key feature is UHQCD format.
Even if you do not have MQA-enabled hardware/software, the disc can also be played on regular CD players in UHQCD 44.1kHz/16bit resolution, which is far better than that of regular CD. For more details, visit All About Ultimate High Quality CD

As the first batch of Hi-Res CD release, Universal Music Japan will be releasing three low-priced samplers as well as 100 popular titles listed below.
How about trying to listen to another dimension of the sound?

Hi-Res CD Sampler

Hi-Res CD Pop & Rock Titles

Hi-Res CD Jazz/Fusion Titles

Hi-Res CD Classical Music Titles

MQA-enabled Hardware List

*This list was made on April 24, 2018, and is NOT list all the MQA-enabled devices. You can check its compatibility with MQA logo or spec detail on each product's description.

DeviceCategory
Audioquest DragonFly BlackUSB DAC
Audioquest DragonFly RedUSB DAC
dCS "Rossini"DAC
dCS "Vivaldi DAC"DAC
dCS "Network Bridge"Interface Device
dCS "Vivaldi One"Universal Audio Player
dCS "Vivaldi Upsampler"Upsampler
ESOTERIC N-01Network Audio Player
iFi Nano iDSD Black LabelUSB DAC
Kripton KS-9MultiActive Speaker
LUMIN U1Network Transport
LG V30Mobile Phone
Meridian 808v6CD Player
Meridian 818v3Preamplifier
Meridian Explorer2USB DAC
Meridian Prime Headphone AmplifierHeadphone Amplifier
Meridian Ultra DacDAC
Mytek Digital BrooklynDAC
Mytek Digital Brooklyn+DAC
Mytek Digital Manhattan2DAC
ONKYO DP-X1DAP
ONKYO DP-X1ADAP
ONKYO GRANBEAT DP-CMX1Mobile Phone
ONKYO "rubato" "DP-S1"DAP
OPPO UDP205Universal Player
PIONEER "private" "XDP-30R"DAP
PIONEER "private" "XDP-20"DAP
PIONEER XDP-100RDAP
SONY NW-A40 SERIESDAP
SONY NW-WM1ZDAP
SONY NW-ZX300DAP
SONY WM1ADAP
TEAC NT-505USB DAC/Network Player
TEAC UD-505USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier
Technics SU-G30Network Audio Amplifier

Frequent Question & Answer on Hi-Res CD

1. Does Hi-Res CD have two layers of data like SACD Hybrid discs?

No, it has only one layer. Regular CD players are capable of outputting the audio only in 44.1kHz/16bit. However, when decoded the audio can be listened to 352.8kHz/24bit resolution on MQA-enabled audio players.

A very few titles (*) are not available in 352.8kHz/24bit resolution even when they are decoded. Please refer each detailed spec written on each product description.
*UICY-40190, UICY-40191 (As of April 25, 2018).

2. Is there more storage capacity on Hi-Res CD?

No, it is still a Compact Disc, fully compatible with regular CD players. UHQCD (as well as SHM-CD and Blu-spec CD) improves audio through the use of better materials, supposedly with improved optical characteristics. The audio is further improved through technologies to cutting data on the disc surface with higher precision and accuracy.

3. What is the format of the 352.8kHz/24bit audio?

It is in MQA-file format. You specifically need MAQ-enabled software/hardware to play it audio in this format. For more details, visit MQA official website where they detail how it works.