Acoustic Sounds Announces Hi-Rez Downloads! But...


#1

I have no doubt that I am way behind the curve here, but can the PWD2/Bridge play these files? I use Uncompressed FLAC for everything else fed via Ethernet (Cat 7) into the Bridge .



http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2013/08/28/acoustic-sounds-high-resolution-music-downloads/2710783/



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#2

Nope - not DSD.


#3

@pmotz33@sbcglobal.net



Excellent explanation. Thank you. If you convert the DSD files to something that the PWD2/Bridge likes, I am speculating that the advantage of downloading these expensive DSD files is lost [Lost In Translation]?


#4

I’m glad Acoustic Sounds is offering DSD files, even though my PWD can’t play them. But the reporter should have done a little research – Acoustic Sounds is hardly the first to offer DSD downloads. Think Channel Classics, L2, etc. But of course they aren’t American companies, so I suppose they don’t count for USA Today.


#5

One of the reasons you might want to consider the purchase of these files is that while the PWD cannot decode them, as it’s been pointed out, we will have that ability in a new model at some point. Certainly not worth holding one’s breath over as it isn’t happening anytime soon, but the point is building a library the way you want it. You can enjoy them now, converted to PCM through JRiver and then later as pure DSD.



Just a thought.


#6
Paul McGowan said: we will have that ability in a new model at some point.
Good!!! :)
Paul McGowan said: it isn't happening anytime soon
Bad... :(

#7

BTW, you can convert DSD files into hi-rez PCM using Foobar and the SACD plugin. Basically, what most DSD-players do (but without foobar :wink: ) Not many DSD (network and disk) players offer native DSD playback, usually the DAC chip internally converts the DSD stream to PCM.


#8
Alekz said: Not many DSD (network and disk) players offer native DSD playback, usually the DAC chip internally converts the DSD stream to PCM.

Interesting! Some people think DSD is definitely superior to hi-res PCM, some don't hear much difference. I wonder if the latter have actually been listening to PCM (converted internally from DSD files) without realizing it. I'd love to read a comparison between two DACs at similar price points, one that does native DSD and one whose chip converts to PCM.

Alekz said: you can convert DSD files into hi-rez PCM using Foobar and the SACD plugin

That is very useful to know -- thanks.

#9

See also this discussion:



http://www.psaudio.com/vanilla/discussion/727/native-dsd-in-the-cards



Link to the SACD decoder: http://sacddecoder.sourceforge.net/


#10

You can use a foobar SACD plug-in converter (as Alekz had already noted), also, you can use the Weiss Saracon offline converter.


#11
valer_valer said: you can use the Weiss Saracon offline converter

Always good to know about the options -- hadn't heard of Saracon . . . but for US$1700 I'll stick with foobar.


#12
magister said: for US$1700

He-he.... =))

SACD converter has tunable filters, so it can produce PCM files similar to Saracon.

#13

Darn… I really want a PCM version of their DSD (SACD) remastering of “Wish You Were Here.”


#14

Can’t you buy and do the above to get PCM to you dac?


#15

+1



Buy the DSD, convert it and enjoy it now, then listen it in DSD when you get a DSD capable DAC.


#16

also you can use Korg Audiogate converter for DSD->PCM offline conversion:



http://www.korguser.net/audiogate/en/index.html


#17

It will ask you to either connect your Korg device or give access to your twitter account.


#18

To try that Korg stuff I even created a separate Twitter account. Never use Korg since then :wink: Foobar all the way.


#19

@timequest I looked on the Acoustic DSD download page and do not see Pink Floyd Wish you were here. Where is the link to that download? I too want that.


#20

I use Minnetonka Audio Software’s discWelder, although I have it primarily for authoring DVD-A discs.