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In Reply to: RE: what DSD bitrate is SACD? posted by bullethead on April 02, 2017 at 08:00:06
I rip the SACD and compare the following:
playing the SACD through SACD player against
playing the ripped SACD (DSD file) through USB path playing from the computer.
And I found playing the SACD through SACD player is better. (even though my USB DAC should at least be equivalent or even better than my SACD player).
The USB path has introduced many extra component (both software and hardware) that it is very diffcult to figure out where the problem is.
Your Mileage May Varies.
That's what I am hearing too. Thank you. USB connection is not good, as you say it is difficult when you add too much software and hardware in the mix with USB.
I always find USB to sound dull, regardless of file. With Linux, Apple and Microsoft all of them.
And CD rips sound different with different Drives, don't know if Ripping is the best way to acquire Music.
When I compared Downloads to equivalent SACD, preferred Z1 over 5400ES.
2x DSD is IT for me, don't think I'll graduate to 4x or higher due to cost constraints.
McIntosh D150, w/Ifi suite of USB products sounds much better than any other DSD Dac I've heard.
Haven't heard them all, by any stretch.
I just installed a Soekris DAC for a friend. It has both USB input and Coaxial input.
And Coaxial has an CD source through SPDIF, the Coaxial input from CD is more lifely.
You see, for the same DAC, the CD source sound even better. The USB is hires, the CD is Low-Res. But the CD sound better.
I could not believe my ears.
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