Song for Tom Petty, written in Oct. 2017 and now finally mastered. Can be downloaded as lossless CD 16/44.1 at https://davidelias.bandcamp.com/track/an-empty-seat-tom-petty-1950-2017 — full preview is there as well. Enter any price/cost for the track you like or $0.00 to get it free for now. Happy Independence.
You can see the video on YouTube with this soundtrack at: https://youtu.be/_ZSbNyjlIBA
This song comes from the “Illegal Copy #2” bootleg recorded live in the San Gregorio General Store in 2002 with The Great Unknown band. It is now being released as an MQA single on TIDAL and other lossless streaming sites supporting MQA. You can download the 16/44.1 MQA single master from bandcamp at:
Enter any price/cost for the track you like or $0.00 to get it free for now. Happy Independence. “The Toll Road” tells a story about independence through its central outlaw character. It is something we can all choose to pursue, whatever the consequences.
In my listening to MQA for the past couple years, I’ve found that the biggest gains in sound improvement actually come from regular CD resolution (16/44.1k) rather than hi-res. The improvement is overall more natural and real sounding, less edgy and compressed sounding. Logical justification for this may exist from the known fact that the brick wall filter applied to CDs at 20kHz is a very steep filter and therefore imparts the largest amount of pre-ringing echo in the resulting master (ie, the CD without MQA).
MQA essentially removes this ringing so the spatial orientation of the sound identified and located by our ears instrument by instrument is more realistic and less confusing to the brain. It sounds better because it’s easier to listen to.
That’s my take on it at least as well as my direct experience through comparisons over the past 2.5 years. (Note: DSD doesn’t start with this same problem so we are not comparing MQA to DSD here, just MQA PCM to non-MQA PCM.)
It is less confusing to the brain so it is more relaxing to listen to due to its more natural, less edgy/compressed sound. This is exactly what I hear with MQA on PCM masters, but more so on CD rather than say 24/96 or 24/192k masters where the filter without MQA is not so steep so the ringing is not as exaggerated and problematic to our hearing.