MKV is an open container format for audio and video data created by Russian developers. The name of the format originates from the name of the project - Matroska (Matryoshka) with the addition of the first letter of the word Video. This format is considered an alternative to the much more popular AVI, but has not yet reached such a scale of distribution. MKV files are quite common among owners of fairly old mobile devices with Symbian OS and at the same time among those who prefer to watch video in FullHD, since MKV has good dynamics of transmitting video / audio streams. MKV with a wide range of features, in particular, storing audio tracks in different languages, is easy to edit, there are no freezes in large files.
MKA is an audio container format. It supports some types of audio compression algorithms. The .mka file extension belongs to the Matroska format (Matröška, Matryoshka). Thus, it serves to specifically designate the file type "Matroska Audio File" (Matroska Audio File). Matroska is an open cross-platform standard. It is a modern extensible multimedia container format. It is error resistant. It is suitable for streaming HTTP / RTP. Supports multiple subtitle tracks, audio, video. The Matroska standard is supported in the native mode by many software players and hardware devices, including, for example, receivers, televisions, smartphones, etc. A .mka file is a regular Matroska container that has one or more audio tracks. They are encoded by any of the supported codecs. In most cases, AAC and AC3 (Dolby Digital) codecs are used. Playing a .mka file needs the support of the standard Matroska container format. But not only. There must also be a specific audio codec with which the tracks are encoded. Often, MKA files are used as external audio tracks for movies in other languages. Or with other content, or with sound quality. Say multi-channel sound, director’s comments. .Mka audio files are used as containers for high-quality multi-channel music.