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All true DSD production in the world is done on this gear.
A whole 150 files?!?I don't think those types of numbers really attract people to the format when hardware needs to be upgraded.
I'm happy enough with CD, so when I have the chance to hear hi-rez it is a special treat. I do miss the feeling of hearing tape masters in the recording studio. Sounds so alive and real. Maybe DSD2 is like that. My SACDs don't do that, but I figure that is more the fault of my player.
it is my understanding from people in the know that no matter how good your SACD playback system is the SACD played back through it will not sound as good as the same DSD file of that SACD played back through a quality DSD playback system costing a lot less. The DSD files of the same SACD will always sound better then the SACD.
As far as I am concerned, good DSD definitely sounds better than the same title in its redbook version. And, many titles are only available as DSD or redbook. Therefore, having the capability to playback DSD is worth it to me for those titles, which happen to include a lot of music I really like. As far as native DSD goes, there is a lot of music out there converted directly to DSD from analog masters, if you like that music, the DSD versions are the best sounding versions which exist (think RCA Living Stereo, and Mercury Living Presence). Then there are all the classical titles recorded, for the most part, in native DSD, like Channel Classics (yes, I understand they use Pyramix PCM for editing, but the edits are just short punch in and out). PCM, done really well, at 24/192, sounds fantastic to me-and I do not believe the folks who seem to think that there is some "magic" to DSD that makes it superior to high res PCM, but for the above reasons, it is still worth it to me to be able to play back both high res PCM and DSD in my system. Heck, Pink Floyd, and Shelby Lynne's Just A Little Lovin' are enough for me to want to be able to play back DSD.I will say though, that for new recordings which require lots of editing/processing (rock/pop), I think going with 24/176.4 or 24/352.8 is a great way to go, as these rates allow for very gentle filtering. And I love 2L recordings done in DXD and downloaded at 24/192.
I don't think owners of dCS, EMM Labs,MSB or Playback Designs gear would agree with these statements.
Well jhm731 yes as a matter of fact. Andreas Koch, one of the principles and designers at Playback Designs agrees with that statement and has even stated such. Keep in mind we are just talking about the CD/SACD part of the chain. The companies you mention make great dacs and some DSD capable. Play the DSD file vs the SACD in the same (Playback Designs, EMM Labs,etc) and the DSD file will sound better. And what cost $8,000-$10,000 a few years ago you can get for less then half that for the same performance. That is how far and how quick things have come. That does not mean that those companies are not building better, newer DACs but the difference in performance vs price is getting very narrow in some instances.
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