Well, i think one of the most important things that TheHonestAudiophile got out, is addressing the toxicity. And one of the major causes of toxicity IMO is, that people aren’t being honest anymore. Therefore, they have to be honest to themselves. I hereby admit, that i didn’t really understand what goldensound was doing and didn’t question his findings. I admit i just liked the MQA bashing and took many things goldensound stated as granted. What put me off was TIDAL not playing true hi-res-streams anymore without MQA.
And again, i didn’t verify it, didn’t even understand half of what was tested, i just took the results for granted and enjoyed the bashing. It is this kind of behaviour that leads to more and more toxicity. Now what’s causing this behaviour? It might be, that many of us, or many in the audio hobby are just f… up. What i mean is, that many of us don’t care enough about meeting their emotional needs. Just like so many, i’m a sad, sad motherf… Or at least i am, if i’m not currently engaged in bashing others or companies or trying other ways to gather attention on the internet. Those likes are pure dopamine, man. See? I’m doing it again. Adjusting my writing to make a statement that hopefully many people will read and like. Give me those likes, babyyy!! The thing is: this is a very, very, very widespread desease in society and is one of the key reasons why younger people are so addicted to their phones. Actually, i feel like i was ahead of its time in this, since i’m doing this in forums on the pc for over 20 years now lol
Many of us do that in one way or the other and it is one reason, why things get toxic, amplify polarization and tear a (so-called) “community” apart. (Whatever is considered to be “the community”).
The least everybody can do, is trying to detach himself from these urges, these cravings, this addiction. In other words: upgrade your portable gear and go outside more often lol Do that, before blindly writing senseless stuff on the internet. Try to keep a certain level of integrity.
If not, exactly things like MQA are prone to failure, even if there really might be some benefits, we don’t understand or don’t want to understand. The setup of MQA is what instantly raises suspicion, criticiscm and skepticism. It tries (or it advertizes to try…) to establish a new audio format, just like SACD, HDCD, DSD etc. did - but in a digital world, were people don’t even need to buy physically different media anymore. Given these circumstances, they actually achieved quite a lot lol … but what if there is some truth in it…? I.e. i can’t quite put my mind off the idea, that you just get a different “version” of the song, not mastered and compressed to sound best on radios or cheap household hifi-devices. I would really congratulate the meridian guys, if the main motivation for MQA was, to get license money from hifi companies, TIDAL and their customers, to be able to buy the distribution rights for the lesser compressed master versions. And the whole technology-thing, stupid lights and stuff is actually just a hoax to get there lol… If that’s the case, i would applaude them,go back to TIDAL, sell my Yggi and get an MQA-capable DAC…