Don’t worry, I am happy to agree to disagree, but all technical proof and disproof aside.
If users prefer the MQA versions over the normal version, even if the only thing Tidal added was the use of cables sprinkled with stardust, it still is a better format to them.
The discussion lossless or lossy is valid, and to me. MQA is lossy, but a very clever lossy and with the main reason to lower bandwidth, add something good to it (the theory behind the smearing) and yes make money. I actually have more problems with the business mentality of Jay-Z behind Tidal and all the negative reports.
But that is behind us as Jay-Z sold his 80% share in Tidal two months ago for a whopping $350m, not bad for an investment of $56m 5 years ago. In my opinion most of that money should go to the artists that are available on Tidal.
But going back to making money. Dolby did the same with their noise reduction decades ago. Not exactly the same, but apply a filter to increase the high frequency level at recording and do the opposite at playback to remove band noise especially for low speed very narrow tape like a tape cassette. It was based on the fact that in music there is no full-scale information at 15kHz, so no risk at overloading the tape when applying gain at high frequencies. Was that lossless? No there is no such thing as a lossless analog recording and you can as well debate if the extra filters that were in the chain added artefacts. But still it was perceived as better audio. And Dolby made a lot of money doing that … I can only respect that.
My Audio Research LS28 tube pre-amp measures less good on our Audio Precision System 2 than my previous Audionet solid state based pre-amp I had before. So in fact the LS28 is more lossy than the Audionet. But I prefer the LS28, and I am not a tube lover perse, it just sounded better and yes it was double the price (not in cost for sure).
Do we pay for MQA? Tidal family costs 29,95 Euro/m and Qobuz family costs $29,16 Euro/m in the Netherlands. Both allowing for 6 users, so I miss the point that we have to pay extra for it.
And I am not debating one over the other, do what you like and foremost enjoy the music.
What am I missing here?