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In Reply to: RE: what DSD bitrate is SACD? posted by bullethead on April 02, 2017 at 08:00:06
Ripped or downloaded DSD files are entirely the equal of playing the disc.
That is not always true. SACDs (and downloads obtained from those labels giving us, NativeDSD, and others the ripped files) go through an authoring stage that is not required if the labels would offer the step before that, the edit master. This is somewhat theoretical, or worst case, nitpicking to the finest detail, but non-authored edit masters are one gen closer to the recording than the authoring stage that SACDs have to go through. This why those DSD64 (say nothing of higher bitrates) files from labels like our Channel Classics or other boutique labels that either present us with edit masters instead of their ripped SACDs, or labels who now get us files that have NEVER been authored for SACD, are the theoretically better bets.
Perhaps I should have been more specific.
1. The rips I make are entirely the equal of the original disc.
2. Some of the downloads are theoretically closer to the original master and can sound better.
The Download is a copy, when you load it into your SW Player, it's a Copy.
Probably only the Engineer hears the Original.
I do Live Recording, I can only hear the Original off the Recorder, then it's a Copy
on my Desktop.
Can you recommend quality stores on the internet to purchase DSD downloads? I've been using an Auralic Vega DAC. This could just be that I ran into some bad batches compared to the SACDs I have which sound fantastic. I never created a direct comparison. Perhaps the masters weren't as good with the downloads I bought compared to the higher level of performance I've grown to expect from SACD.
Its pretty easy for me because I listen to classical and there are several sites like nativeDSD and 2L that have consistently honest offerings. The latter has nice array of free downloads.
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