Node 2021 digital out to external Copland 215 DAC - Cannot get bitrate any higher than 44.1 khz

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    Hi Damien

    Two observations - are you listening to MQA? If you are, it doesn't look like your external DAC supports MQA so you will be limited to a single unfolding of up to 24/96 playback - the other is I don't see on that external DAC where you would see the audio output. 

    We would be happy to take a closer look by selecting Help, Send Support Request in the BluOS App so we may review the log file, but it may be best to contact your external DAC Manufacturer as I suspect that is the root of your problem.

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    Damien Meade

    Hi Tony, 

    thanks for swift reply. I don't think the Copland 215 supports MQA, but I have tried enabling and disabling the MQA option in the BluOS app but I still only get 44.1khz. The Copland indicates the bitrate on the front of the unit.

    I'll try sending help request via the App when I'm home later - thanks for suggestion.

    regards,

    Damien

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  • "The Copland indicates the bitrate on the front of the unit."

    yes - I noticed that, but it looks like it is an LED that indicates 44.1 or 48.1... unless the x2 or x4 also indicates 96 or 192...

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    Damien Meade

    Yes that's right. It's a rather convoluted display, but the Copland shows standard rates of 44.1 or 48, and then applies multiples of x2, x4 or x8 to indicate higher rates (88.2, 96, 176, 192 khz etc.) 

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  • I suspect the issue is with the external DAC - but as mentioned, we will be happy to take a look...

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    Damien Meade

    Hi Tony,

    I've actually managed to resolve the issue - the problem was with the bitrate I was getting from my streaming services, and nothing to do with my Node or DAC. Seems that all of the music from Spotify Connect, and most from Amazon and Tidal is actually streamed at 44.1 khz. However, I finally managed to get multiple HD streams from Qobuz at 192 khz, so it seems my DAC is MQA-compatible after all. All sorted!

    thanks again,
    Damien

     

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    Seppi Evans

    Hi Damien, Qobuz does not stream MQA but does have 192khz tracks. I think MQA is still only available from Tidal.

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