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Old 02-03-2017, 10:53 PM
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Help please. I have a W4S Dac2se and I run Foobar on Windows 10. Is anyone able to point me to a walkthrough for playing music in the DSD format?
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Does Foobar use USB drivers? Roon and JRiver do and the drivers are required to play DSD.
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Here you go: http://www.audiostream.com/content/h...TK0vhQoGqvu.97
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Thank you Bill.... pretty much what I was thinking.
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Old 02-05-2017, 04:20 PM
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Bulls-eye! Thanks v much. I will give it a go this evening.
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Glad to be of assistance Andrei, I just did a quick Google search and got lucky with that AudioStream article being the first match!
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Old 02-06-2017, 12:59 AM
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Right! Got it up and running. The site is a smidgen old and I had to do one thing different and that was covered in the forum comments. I have played two tracks so far but I don't have a PCM comparison.
The reason I have finally got round to this is that my redbook flac files are superior via PC and DAC as against a redbook CD played in my Oppo 105. But then SACD on the Oppo 105 trumps redbook flac. (Eyes not glazing over yet? - read on!) So the next thing to try is the DSD via the PC and DAC.
I will download some samples and/or purchase some music in DSD format and make the comparison. I am sure this has all been done before and I recall some debate about the relative merits of each. As I have native DSD playback on a decent DAC I am very hopeful! Thanks again Bill & Randy.
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I highly encourage you to keep working through it and get it working. I have over 100 DSD downloaded albums. They are simply fantastic! PCM can be very good, but in my view DSD is superior...
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I highly encourage you to keep working through it and get it working. I have over 100 DSD downloaded albums. They are simply fantastic! PCM can be very good, but in my view DSD is superior...
Yeap, thanks Randy. I thought I had a few samples of DSD from the 2L website but I can no longer find them. It will be interesting though - I am one of those daft dudes who have spread themselves too thin. That is to say I have too many sources - vinyl, CD, SACD, DVDA, PCM downloads. My sneaking suspicion is that DSD will be a smidgen better than PSM but will in turn be a smidge behind vinyl. We will see (ok it has all been done 10,000 years ago).
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I have never direct compared DSD to vinyl. I got rid of my vinyl a long time ago when I got out of this hobby and now that I have jumped back in every time I think of getting a turntable I start remembering what a hassle it was keeping the records clean and in good shape. I even remember going to a club members house and he put on some really nice vinyl playing through his MBL, ARC top of the line phone stage, etc. And the absolute first thing I heard was the pops and clicks... I guess I am digital spoiled now ...

With that said DSD is, what I recall from days past, the most "vinyl sounding" of any digital format I have heard...

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