The article has a number of valid technical points. Don't you find it interesting that a large percentage of the digital recorded catalogue is stored as DSD?
I like both hi-res PCM and DSD. Both formats have advantages and disadvantages. Neither one is perfect. I will say that I have a few 24/192 PCM recordings that are outstanding (especially when using a Devialet 400 to play it back).
The following summary points are valid:
"High-resolution PCM and DSD formats of comparable resolution are statistically indistinguishable from one another in blind listening tests.
Pure DSD recordings, as pictured in the flow charts used in DSD marketing hype, are almost nonexistent. There are currently very few recording studios that have the ability to edit, mix, or master DSD. High-definition 5-bit and 8-bit PCM (Wide-DSD), are used in recording and post-production editing, mixing, and mastering of nearly all modern DSD recordings.
When a PCM file is played on a native DSD single-bit converter, the single-bit DAC chip has to convert the PCM to DSD in real-time. This is one of the major reasons people claim DSD sounds better than PCM, when in fact, it is just that the chip in most modern single-bit DACs do a poor job of decoding PCM.
DSD64 SACD has roughly 33 times the resolution of a 16-bit 44.1KHz Red Book CD, roughly the same resolution as 24-bit 96KHz PCM recording, and less than half the resolution of a 24-bit 192KHz PCM recording."
The quality of the recording plays a far more significant role than the format or resolution it is distributed in. To increase profits, modern recording studio executives insisted that errors be edited out in post-production, significantly compromising the quality of the original master tapes. "
Another point made was that the DAC should play back the stream in it's native format as opposed to conversion real time. IMHO, I do not blindly buy the fact that DSD will sound better all the time as PCM. I would recommend that you listen to a McIntosh setup where the transport is connected to the DAC via the DIN cable passing DSD. It's VERY good, and a lot better than CD playback.
There is always some "sales pitch" tied to these types of threads. Have to separate the wheat from the chaff. Audio is 80% science and engineering, and 20% art. We will always argue about the 20% that is art.