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RE: good point

I'm being a little too critical but in MY experience I can hear a difference but not necessarily an improvement with DSD/SACD over PCM. If I do hear an improvement, it was probably because the DSD/SACD was from a remastered recording - in which case the PCM (CD) version is also improved.

This brings me back many many years when audiophiles were all starry-eyed over the sound of SACD discs compared to playing back the redbook CD layer on the same player. I didn't think that was a fair comparison because the player makers had a vested interest in making certain that SACD sounded fantastic while paying less engineering effort on the player's redbook CD quality.

A more fair comparison would be to compare SACD from a SACD player against the CD layer played back on a separate high-end CD-only player, like the Accuphase you own.

In any case, I do find that some DSD is artificially and overly smooth to my ears.... when smooth was never the intent.



Edits: 02/28/21

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