I have a hifi system worth about $45,000 with the Auralic Aries G2 & Vega G2 (connected by Audioquest Diamond HDMI cable) in front of vintage Sonus Faber floor standing speakers. I ripped the MQA-CD to my Synology NAS and played it just now. It is compressed, distorted and unlistenable. Of course! It must be the upscaling software used by Auralic being incompatible with the MQA encoding on the disc. Ripped the standard CD and told myself the tracks are good, and there's nothing wrong with good old Redbook, anyway. Still sounded terrible. I compared "Mandolin Wind" with my "Sing It Again Rod" CD (also from Japan) and "California Girls" with my Japanese "Endless Summer" CD. Both CD's annihalated the tracks on this 2018 sampler. As the Review Title states this is going straight into the garbage bin. There were also some annoying clicks also on some tracks. Not that it matters now as this disc is no longer part of my music collection.
|Product Type||CD HQCD|
|Number of Discs||2|
HQCD(HiQualityCD) discs are fully compatible with standard CD players
Description in Japanese
これがハイレゾCDだ! ロック&ポップスで聴き比べる体験サンプラー [MQA/UHQCD] [生産限定盤] / オムニバス
Related Offer & Feature
[Hi-Res CD] Mr. Big / Free
[ハイレゾCD] ミスター・ビッグ / フリー
[Hi-Res CD] Mandolin Wind / Rod Stewart
[ハイレゾCD] マンドリン・ウィンド / ロッド・スチュワート
[Hi-Res CD] California Girls / the Beach Boys
[ハイレゾCD] カリフォルニア・ガールズ / ビーチ・ボーイズ
[Hi-Res CD] John Barleycorn Must Die / Traffic
[ハイレゾCD] ジョン・バーレイコーン / トラフィック
[Hi-Res CD] Tears of Rage / The Band
[ハイレゾCD] 怒りの涙 / ザ・バンド
[Hi-Res CD] You Don't Love Me / The Allman Brothers Band
[ハイレゾCD] ユー・ドント・ラヴ・ミー / オールマン・ブラザーズ・バンド
[Hi-Res CD] What's Going on / Marvin Gaye (All tracks are subject to change)
[ハイレゾCD] ホワッツ・ゴーイン・オン / マーヴィン・ゲイ
[Hi-Res CD] I'm Not In Love / 10cc
[ハイレゾCD] アイム・ノット・イン・ラヴ / 10cc
[Hi-Res CD] In the dead of Night / U.K.
[ハイレゾCD] イン・ザ・デッド・オブ・ナイト / U.K.
[Hi-Res CD] Shout / Tears for Fears
[ハイレゾCD] シャウト / ティアーズ・フォー・フィアーズ
[Regular CD] Mr. Big / Free
[通常CD] ミスター・ビッグ / フリー
[Regular CD] Mandolin Wind / Rod Stewart
[通常CD] マンドリン・ウィンド / ロッド・スチュワート
[Regular CD] California Girls / the Beach Boys
[通常CD] カリフォルニア・ガールズ / ビーチ・ボーイズ
[Regular CD] John Barleycorn Must Die / Traffic
[通常CD] ジョン・バーレイコーン / トラフィック
[Regular CD] Tears of Rage / The Band
[通常CD] 怒りの涙 / ザ・バンド
[Regular CD] You Don't Love Me / The Allman Brothers Band
[通常CD] ユー・ドント・ラヴ・ミー / オールマン・ブラザーズ・バンド
[Regular CD] What's Going on / Marvin Gaye (All tracks are subject to change)
[通常CD] ホワッツ・ゴーイン・オン / マーヴィン・ゲイ
[Regular CD] I'm Not In Love / 10cc
[通常CD] アイム・ノット・イン・ラヴ / 10cc
[Regular CD] In the dead of Night / U.K.
[通常CD] イン・ザ・デッド・オブ・ナイト / U.K.
[Regular CD] Shout / Tears for Fears
[通常CD] シャウト / ティアーズ・フォー・フィアーズ
First of all I would like to thank CD Japan they are always on the cutting edge technology.Enter MQA CDS...THIS IS A GREAT MIX OF SONGS...THE SOUND QUALITY IS PHENOMENOL....IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN A NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR AUDIO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS...
Cheap introduction the MQA UHQCD range. The selection is not the best this format can show . The Free track is not the best i have heard this track sound but the Traffic track is a bit more like it.If i was to comment on these cds i would say go for a Steely Dan or the Who hits cd to see what this format can bring.This review is for the redbook layer only,even better results can be had with a MQA decoder.
I am REALLY very disappointed! The sound is not only below my expectations, but actually my impression is that either something went wrong during production process or there is an compatibility issue with a regular CD player – the sound on some tracks has very low dynamics, there happen additional noises/digital buzz, some tracks sound like over-steered (like when recording on analogue tape you put too high level of gain). Generally the silver CD sounds much better than the green one (however still below quality of many regular CDs pressed in Japan). My player is an vintage Marantz CD-16 so maybe the player is too old and therefore not compatible? I asked CDjapan already twice about that but I received no answer at all:(
I did a A-B comparison between the High Resolution (Hi-Res)and the normal CD included for precisely such purpose. I did my test listening on the Yamaha CD S3000 SACD Player, as I do not have the MQA hardware. The Hi-Res version gives more depth and wider staging. The sound is also fuller. The stand out track is Rod Stewart's Mandolin Wind for which I also have the SHM I did my test listening on the Yamaha CD S3000 SACD Player, as I do not have the MQA hardware. While it is unfair to compare the Hi Res version to the SHM SACD which is by far the best version, it highlights the potential role of the Hi Res version to fill the void between Blue Book CD and SACD. I can see this as the challenge for the Hi Res format in MQA since not many people have or likely to buy the gadget that plays MQA format. Perhaps, the sound is even better when played back in MQA. If the SACD format experience is any guide, it would require something special for the MQA format in the physical medium to take off. Eric , Sydney Australia
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