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RE: "We'd have to accept the idea that DSD playback of a CD is superior to PCM playback."...

And that MAY be the case, after all.

Seems PSAudio is converting PCM to DSD in their Direct Stream DAC (10x DSD, whatever that comes out to) with good results. I prefer R to R ladder DACs with lots of PCM1704's working together but, if I was forced to trade my $2,000 Audio-GD Master 7 for the $6,000 PSAudio Direct Stream for even money, I would not be that angry. Yes, I've heard them side by side at a local audio meetup. Maybe the PSAudio is less 'veiled', maybe my DAC more relaxed, maybe the levels were not exactly the same? That close.

Also the folks using HQPlayer software like to take PCM and up-sample to ridiculous DSD resolution (DSD 256 or higher) and then use a DSD DAC to convert to analog. I can't play that game as I don't have a DSD DAC, but I am in no position to argue about the sound.

I have SACDs that folks could argue have NO REAL JUSTIFICATION to exist as SACDs other than to make the labels more money, but they sound pretty good,

Sometimes better than the original CD. A product of a good remastering job or?

Who knows?






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