I’d have to hope that conversion is not what’s occurring; if it is, there’s going to be a lot of wailing and teeth gnashing…
Tidal Max has been rolled out for about six months now and from the research you have done it appears Tidal have been very busy in transitioning MQA 24/96 and 24/192 into FLAC versions.
It will be interesting to see what Tidal do with the MQA 16/44 and 16/48, hopefully, where avaiable we will get Hi-Res FLAC 24/96 and 24/192 replacements rather than 16/44 and 16/48 versions.
Thank you for your research and providing the information it is very useful to everybody.
I have a Lumin P1 streamer/dac and Lumin were an early adopter of Tidal Max/Hi-Res FLAC so I have been using it since October last year.
Sorry, they are not actually converting the files but adding new hires ones and limiting the ability to see the existing MQA one. Only time I see both files is when there is a hires file and 16/44 MQA. I just meant they are converting over to hires, and away from MQA. Not actually transcoding the MQA files.
I did find it odd that since most of the higher res MQA now have a 24/96 or higher equivalent, together, that is less than half the hires files I have in Qobuz for the same collection. I think I have an idea why. Not all the record companies were supplying MQA versions of their albums. There were many hires albums in Qobuz that never had a MQA equivalent. So think phase one was to replace the MQA files and then they can add additional hires albums that Qobuz and Apple have as well.
Phew! Could have been fun…
Indeed - when I released through my distributor I had to pay extra for my FLAC files to be converted to MQA ( though it was a tiny amount) - and I declined. Other than that I could provide media in whatever lossless data rate I wanted to from 44.1/16 upwards