Onkyo DP-X1 now supports MQA via free update

Press Release dated: 27 Apr 2016

Enjoy the sound of master quality audio MQA encoded music available from OnkyoMusic

Onkyo is proud to announce support for MQA on the DP-X1 digital audio player. Announced at IFA in September 2015, the DP-X1 is the world’s first MQA enabled portable digital audio player*1. The free update is now available worldwide.  Please visit Google PlayTM to get the latest “Music” app and enjoy MQA.

MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download. And because it’s fully authenticated, the listener can be sure they are hearing exactly what the artist recorded and approved in the studio.

Since the turn of the century, access to music has become easier – but the quality has fallen. It’s commonly held that people will choose convenience over sound quality. But suppose we can have both? That’s the promise of MQA.

When listening to MQA on the DP-X1 the MQA display indicates that the product is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file and denotes provenance that the sound is identical to that of the source material (indicated by a green light in the App). ‘MQA Studio’ (indicated by a blue light in the App) is playing a file which has either been approved in the studio by the artist/producer or has been verified by the copyright owner.

Bob Stuart, MQA’s creator, commented on the Onkyo launch. “We are very excited to launch MQA on the Onkyo DP-X1. The MQA sound on the portable player is truly breathtaking. With more MQA music in the market very soon, Onkyo customers will be amongst the first to truly experience the wonders of MQA. It’s an exciting time for MQA partners and music lovers everywhere.”

For more information, please visit

MQA music now available at OnkyoMusic
OnkyoMusic is a leading Hi-Res digital music provider, which provides all downloads as FLAC and MQA. FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is an audio format that compresses audio without any loss in quality. With webstores available in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Enjoy MQA with the DP-X1 and listen to studio master quality audio.
Please visit for further details.

X-DAP Link music transfer application*4 with MQA support to be released soon.
Note: The current build will display MQA files as FLAC/WAV, but once transferred to the DP-X1 will properly display MQA or MQA Studio.

About DP-X1
Based on AndroidTM OS, the DP-X1 digital audio player supports many High Res Audio formats, up to DSD 11.2MHz, 384kHz/24bit FLAC/WAV audio files, and now MQA. With years of experience in building audio components, the DP-X1 contains many design initiatives dedicated to “Pure Sound”.  To isolate sources of internal noise, the Audio circuit board and CPU board are built on separate boards.  The Audio circuit design uses ESS technology’s SABRE DAC ES9018K2M and SABRE 9601K amp in a dual setup with a 2.5mm 4 pole jack for full balance output with support for normal BTL balance and Active Control GND drive, a first for this product category. With the ability to expand its storage up to 432GB, and access to Google Play the DP-X1 was built for expansion beyond the built in functions.*2*3

About free update app “Music”
In addition to support for MQA, the latest of our “Music” app now supports creating playlists.

*Android, Google, and Google Play are registered trademarks of Google Inc.
*ESS SABRE is a registered trademark of ESS Technology, Inc.
*The MQA Logo is a trademark of MQA Limited.
*Other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

*1  As of April 11th , 2016
*2  Apps that require GPS, camera, gyro-sensor may not function properly.
*3  Will require Wi-Fi network access.
*4  supports Windows(7, 8, and 10) Only

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