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I've never paid attention to DSD DACs because my entire collection is 16/44.1 PCM. But now I'm realizing that some people are converting PCM to DSD on the fly and sending it to a DSD DAC. How well does that work? Can it be done in mpd?

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I have Mytek Stereo 192 DSD DAC using foobar 2000 playback all 16/44.1pcm files are up sampled to DSD128 and I feel it is a big improvement in SQ music just is more real to me.

As I have never really like the CD format sound from it's start DSD128 up sampling is a god send.

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It works extremely well for me.

 

I like the sound sound of it so much that I bought a DAC that only does DSD (LampizatOr DSD DAC), even though like most people, the vast majority of my collection is PCM.

 

I use JRiver to send everything to it in DSD128. The sound is fantastic.

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I have a Sony HAP-Z1ES Music Server in my home office. It has the ability to upsample PCM files to DSD128 - or not - via a toggle.

 

In my listening, I prefer the PCM files with the DSD128 upsampling on. A nice improvement.

And you also get native playback of DSD64 and DSD128 files with the Sony HAP server, which sound even better than upsampled PCM.

 

A win all the way around. :)

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After hearing what JRMC 19 could do to the SQ going from PCM to DSD, I bought an Exasound E20.

 

After trying JRMC 19, Foobar+SACD and then HQ Player, I find HQ Player converting PCM to DSD 256 so enjoyable, and so realistic, I can not listen to PCM any other way

 

the learning curve on HQ Player is steep, but I am rewarded each time the music starts !

 

Foobar + SACD is free, with the SQ pretty much in between HQP and JRMC 19

 

i am coming to suspect how each software player sounds is somewhat DAC dependant and playback computer dependant

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I use JRiver to send everything to it in DSD128. The sound is fantastic.

 

Have you tried comparing the sound of an offline converted DSD file?

 

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OK I'm getting excited. I have a Wavelength Proton but I went looking for something more. I got a Hugo but I don't like the sound. Then I got a NOS Red Wine Audio Isabellina and I do like the sound so I got interested in NOS. Now I'm considering the Wavelength Brick v2 NOS. What kind of sound do you get resampling PCM to DSD? Is it more Hugo-like or more NOS-like?

 

Is there a good DSD DAC under $3K with DC input so I can connect a Red Wine Audio Black Lightning battery supply? It looks like the Exasound E20 has 12VDC input. Any others?

 

Anybody know if mpd can resample PCM to DSD?

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I’ve been having the JRiver converting everything to DSD and playing it through a Schitt Loki for several months now. The Loki only plays DSD64. But, I think it sound good, much better than one would think a $149 DAC should, although I would be interested in hearing what others think. There has been some discussion on the web how the cables some audiophiles are using with this little unit are costing many times more than the cost of this little DAC.

 

 

For an offline converter, if you have a Mac, DSD Master from BitPerfect sounds like it might do a good conversion, but I have yet to try it.

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That sounds interesting. Do some say offline conversion sounds better? Does anyone know of a Linux program that can make that conversion?

 

It does in my current system.

 

I don't know of a Linux version, but you can try some of the Win software through WINE.

 

I am using Korg Audiogate v2.x on Mac OS X.

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I’ve been having the JRiver converting everything to DSD and playing it through a Schitt Loki for several months now. The Loki only plays DSD64. But, I think it sound good, much better than one would think a $149 DAC should, although I would be interested in hearing what others think.

 

For an offline converter, if you have a Mac, DSD Master from BitPerfect sounds like it might do a good conversion, but I have yet to try it.

 

I would hate to have only DSD64 when DSD128 sounds like the sweet spot in my system, at least on output (for recordings, if I can get even higher, that would great, but for now this is too rare).

 

The iFi iDSD Nano does up to DSD256 natively and has fantastic sound even with PCM, which it does to DXD rate.

 

AS mentioned, I use Korg Audiogate v2.x for conversion.

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I’ve been having the JRiver converting everything to DSD and playing it through a Schitt Loki for several months now. The Loki only plays DSD64. But, I think it sound good, much better than one would think a $149 DAC should, although I would be interested in hearing what others think.

 

This is how I listen to music in my office and I totally agree about the quality of the Loki.

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Oh man..time for me to try converting PCM to DSD!!! Oh wait, I need to get an DSD dac first. Damn...gotta start saving my pennies.

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Oh man..time for me to try converting PCM to DSD!!! Oh wait, I need to get an DSD dac first. Damn...gotta start saving my pennies.

 

Fortunately, there are a lot of really inexpensive options these days.

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This is how I listen to music in my office and I totally agree about the quality of the Loki.

 

I also have a Loki that I use for backup/secondary purposes. It was my trail run for seeing how JRiver & DSD upsampling would sound and whether it would operate smoothly (on my system). I agree that the Loki punches far above its weight, but it seems that it's been superseded by the iFi Nano & (especially) the iFi Micro, for those looking for premium sound at a lower cost.

 

Oh man..time for me to try converting PCM to DSD!!! Oh wait, I need to get an DSD dac first. Damn...gotta start saving my pennies.

 

Fortunately, there are a lot of really inexpensive options these days.

 

The performance you can get for so little money is shocking these days.

 

I think universal DSD upsampling is a major advance that greatly improves sound quality at both the lower and higher (cost) ends of the spectrum.

 

It's really interesting that Berkeley has introduced a $14k PCM only DAC and that Chris is very excited about it. It would have to be magical indeed to sound better than what I'm getting from upsampled DSD128 into my Lampizator DSD DAC/Preamp.

 

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I agree that the Loki punches far above its weight, but it seems that it's been superseded by the iFi Nano & (especially) the iFi Micro, for those looking for premium sound at a lower cost.

 

Agreed. The Loki is probably about right though for the speakers I have in my office.

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I have Mytek Stereo 192 DSD DAC using foobar 2000 playback all 16/44.1pcm files are up sampled to DSD128 and I feel it is a big improvement in SQ music just is more real to me.

As I have never really like the CD format sound from it's start DSD128 up sampling is a god send.

 

I have best results in Foobar2000 when I combine upsampling 44100 to 352800 (using SoX DSP plugin) with Maxim's SACD plugin & ASIO proxy. DSP plugins are applied before the PCM to DSD conversion.

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I use JRiver to send everything to it in DSD128. The sound is fantastic.

 

Foobar + SACD is free, with the SQ pretty much in between HQP and JRMC 19

 

I suggest you to try the Foobar2000 soultion (foo_dsd_asio) in JRiver and compare it with JRiver internal soultion.

 

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f6-dac-digital-analog-conversion/price-ess9018-containaing-digital-analogue-converter-dropping-fast-16986/index2.html#post335732

 

Maxim V. Anisiutkins' ASIO proxy 0.7.1.2 Download Super Audio CD Decoder from SourceForge.net

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