I bought an MQA CD box set recently (this one), and ripped it to FLAC. I then changed all the FLAC file names to end in “.mqa.flac” instead of “.flac” and stored the renamed files on my Melco N1ZH/1. Roon recognizes these renamed files as MQA-unfoldable to 352.8 kHz (Roon only performs the first MQA unfold, to 88.2 kHz). However, when I stream these same renamed files from the Melco to my ARIES G2 using the Lightning DS iPad app, the files play as garden-variety non-MQA 44.1 kHz files.
The ARIES G2 recognizes MQA files streaming on TIDAL and performs MQA unfolds up to 192 kHz. I am wondering why the ARIES G2 is not picking up the MQA flag on locally stored MQA FLAC files and performing the same sort of unfold that the ARIES G2 performs on TIDAL MQA streams. Thanks.