It’s taken phone manufacturers a long, long time to realise that we want decent sound from our handsets – and while a few have begun improving things by offering support for Hi-Res Audio, the files are much bigger, taking up valuable internal space.
Thankfully there’s another incoming technology that will make your tunes sound even better without munching all the space you need for games and photos.
It’s called Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), and its inventor Meridian Audio claims it’s about to revolutionize the way we listen to our music – both at home and on the go. It promises to deliver a sonically superior experience while in a smaller file size so that amazingly high quality audio can be packed into files small enough to easily stream and download.
Using the science behind how people hear, the MQA team claims to have created something that captures and delivers the full magic of an original studio performance without any compromises.
As an ‘end-to-end’ technology it means (with the right equipment) you can listen to exactly same sound as the recording engineer and artist crafted in the recording studio.
Nothing is lost in the process of shrinking chunky great studio masters into pocket-sized pieces, with your file retaining 100 per cent of the auditory experience witnessed by those who created the thing in the first place.
It’s the musical equivalent of squeezing an entire afternoon tea into a ring-pull can that you can take home, crack open and eat in your lounge, the carrot cake, scones and clotted cream tasting as soft and fresh as if it they had just been served by a waiter at the Ritz.
MQA works by scrubbing clean what’s known as temporal blur (timing errors), quantization distortion and computational-induced noise – essentially finding the mistakes and sonic elements your ears can hear well and providing only the correct bits for your brain to decode.
Its inventor, Merian Audio’s Bob Stuart also had a major hand in the development of DVD-Audio, another format created to bring an improved sonic experience using burgeoning technology pre-2000.
Studio-quality sounds are nothing new, but this is the first time they’ve been packaged in a small enough size to not eat up huge amounts of storage, a massive problem on portable devices.