MQair: MQA Codec Gets Hi-Res Audio Wireless Certification

MQair MQA Codec

With the new MQair MQA codec, they say you’ll be able to enjoy high-fidelity audio wherever you go. So is it time to upgrade your headphones?

Today, it was announced that the international audio research organization, Japan Audio Society (JAS), has certified MQair (SCL6), MQA Ltd’s new scalable wireless audio codec, to be used with its Hi-Res AUDIO WIRELESS logo.

Developed to meet the increasing demand for wireless audio in devices like smartphones and tablets, MQair is said to support both MQA and PCM audio up to 384kHz. In addition, MQA claims encoded data can scale seamlessly from 20Mbps to below 200kbps, covering Bluetooth, Ultra-Wideband (UWB), and WiFi use cases.

Furthermore, MQair offers low latency and high efficiency for extended battery life. This, in turn, should mean users don’t have to trade audio quality for the convenience of Bluetooth streaming.



From the press release:

“MQair delivers detail and clarity by focussing on the time domain – a critical factor in the human perception of high-resolution sound. This fresh perspective enables an exceptional audio experience and responds to rising consumer demand for better wireless sound.”

Additionally, Bob Stuart, MQA Founder & CTO commented, “With MQair we can improve the listening experience for many listeners and extend the MQA ecosystem to wireless devices. The big things don’t necessarily define high resolution – it is shaped by small elements in the sound that convey details, separation, colour and space. Our reference for transparency is air itself. We are excited to use these insights in the design of MQair to bring a more enjoyable experience to audio fans and music lovers everywhere.”

This new wireless audio codec will line up next to established hi-res wireless codecs such as Sony’s LDAC and Qualcomm’s aptX HD. It will be interesting to hear how MQair will compare in terms of sound quality. We also want to see how many manufacturers adopt it once it rolls out. For more information, visit


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