Frequently Asked Questions

192kHz files are not playing?

Question: On TIDAL, when I play an MQA 192kHz file but it displays another sampling rate?

Answer: Typically those albums are encoded as 48kHz MQA file. Meaning TIDAL will perform the decoding to a 96kHz audio stream with the MQA renderer handling the further decoding which this has nothing to do with our products, this is how MQA & Tidal works.

To test that the actual audio stream in TIDAL is 48kHz please select "MQA pass-through", it is 96kHz if TIDAL decodes MQA, it is 48kHz on MQA pass-through.

Question: But I thought the file was 192kHz remastered?

Answer: Yes, meaning it was MQA encoded from a 192kHz remaster.

Our MQA implementation handles up to 384kHz MQA sources correctly according to MQA specifications.

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