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Right, looks like I will have to do some more reading. Did you check Mytek's Brooklyn DAC? It does have MQA decoding.I alrrady have a bluesound node 2 . Analog out of it is quite shitty . I do have it connected using coax digital to my audiolab 8200 cdp . Sounds just abt ok. Howeever digital out of thr bsound doesnt do mqa .
Please recheck. Form my study couple of months ago looking for a streamer, I remember that Tidal desktop (with software based decoding) only unfolds one of the folds of MQA (whatever that means!) and you need a MQA-enabled DAC to unfold the other two. Also, though I don’t quite trust my memory on this one, if you take digital out of Bluesound, again you’d miss out on completely unfolding the MQA. And I can say from experience that the partially unfolded MQA file like the above sounds worse than the TIDAL FLAC version for every track.So, I did a quick reading on MQA and in my opinion, your ask is not reasonable . Here is why I say so. MQA appears top be a software based decoding and it reaches to DA conversion chip in the same format what other formats are. So, ideally, with that kind of money, you should be looking at a very good normal DAC and hookup either a computer or Bluesound Node. On computer there are some software and services such as Tidal Desktop and Audirvana that can decode MQA. And on Bluesound Node, it can decode MQA and has digital out so, you can stream your content to Bluesound that will decode MQA and feed it to your DAC.
There may be some mainstream DACs that will come with built-in MQA decoding in future but I think, your approach may not be right from 'Spending Money Wisely' perspective.