In an effort to bring hi-res portable audio to consumers, Onkyo announced the retail availability of its new digital audio player, the DP-X1, which will retail for $899.99. The hi-res unit will be MQA-enabled through a free update that will be made available on April 12 through its native Music app, making it one of the world’s first MQA-enabled portable digital audio players.
MQA is a “revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download,” Onkyo explained in a statement. And, because the file is fully authenticated, the user can be sure that they are hearing exactly what the artist recorded and approved while in studio. Further, while streaming MQA files on the Onkyo DP-X1, the MQA display indicates that the product is decoding and playing an MQA file. A green light signifies that the sound is identical to that of the source material.
MQA Studio will display a blue light when it is playing a file that has either been approved in studio by the artist or producer, or one that has been verified by the copyright owner.