THE BEST SOUND WE’VE EVER HAD!
Finally audiophile quality for all!
Having recently bought the Doge 7 DAC which can decode DSD and 24 192k audio and has a USB input, I investigated playing high resolution files. It was a learning curve but worth it. Companies like Reference Recordings and Opus 3 and third party sellers like Acoustic Sounds, eclassical.com and prestomusic.com offer music in various formats. I only bought recordings which I know are really high resolution, not just upsampled 16 44k, and the sound is superb. I’m not surprised, the recordings I made of local groups in my city were all done in 24 192k and I know how great these sound, and how much was lost when downgraded for the CD 16 44k standard.
I have some music titles both on master tape copies and 24 192k files and the digital file is the equal of the master tape copy and in some cases superior. As for music that was digitally recorded in high resolution, it is funnily breathtaking – its like being at the recording itself, or having the musicians on your room.
I have to say that finally we are getting truly high quality audio, free of digital artefacts and analogue imperfections.
Even files which are only 44.1k 16 bit, the old CD standard, sound vastly superior to playing the equivalent CD. And if I rip a CD and play the audio file, it’s superior to playing the actual CD through the same DAC! Surely this is an indictment of the mechanics involved in playing a CD.
And the good news is that just about everything is available to download.
DSD and SACD
Almost no recording companies record in native DSD. If the do, they have to convert to PCM to edit. Analogue recordings converted to DSD sound great, a bit smoother than high bit PCM but not much. SACDs carry recordings made in PCM, then converted to DSD. They are not superior to high resolution downloads of the same recordings! And they are much more expensive. They exist because Sony killed DVD AUDIO, which would have easily coped with the data storage needed for high rez PCM.
As a matter of interest, I use AUDIRVANA as my music player as it’s the best sounding one I’ve tried.